Remember the incompetent highwayman Dennis Moore from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, come on you must know the song, “Gives to the rich, steals from the poor, Dennis Moore, Dennis Mooore, Dennis Moore.” It wasn’t only that which made him incompetent of course but his M O of refusing money, gold, jewllry and other valuables and demanding “You Lupins or your life.”
In the latest case of life mimicking art, the bureaucrats of the EU are now planning to point a pair of loaded regulations at you ad demand not only your luipins or your life, but your rhododendrons, buddleia, hydrangeas and cistus. EU bureaucrats are working towards giving themselves powers that would allow their inspectors to remove any plants on the Brussels hit list.
Garden favourites such as the Virginia creeper and Hottentot fig are likely to be top of the list along with several types of rhododendron. The aim is to eliminate invasive non-native species that threaten to cause problems in the countryside. However, the Royal Horticultural Society last night expressed its concern at the secrecy behind the decision-making and warned that whole species, including garden hybrids, could end up being banned. Under the new rules, authorities will have the power to come into peoples homes and destroy plants, including popular shrubs such as cotoneasters, which could well be on the banned list.
Eurosceptics suspect however that the move has more sinister undertones. The EU is furtively negotiating a trade treaty, the Trans Atlantic Trade Agreement which like the notorious trans Pacific Partnership goes way beyond trade to facilitate the transfer of sovereign powers from nation to corporations. And many fear the new powers now being sought will be used to ban the planting of legacy seed varieties to ensure only GM crops can be planted.
Well they aren’t going to sell us GM foods that’s for sure.
The measure, which would prevent the import, transportation or ownership of a banned plant, will be voted on by the European Parliament next month. In spite of a year-long consultation, it is still unclear just how many species will be subject to the ban or what criteria are being used to compile the list. The RHSs chief scientist Dr John David said: Our concern lies around the definition of species they are using. Its so inclusive that totally innocuous plants could become subject to the regulation. Continue reading at The Tap