Johann Huber, whose family has farmed on the mountain slopes of Gmund am Tegernsee for more than 400 years, has begun putting homemade (I doubt you can buy them) nappies on his 18 cows, to avoid cow pats falling on mountain slopes with a gradient of more than 15 per cent.
Farmers in breach of the EU nitrates directive face losing their European agricultural subsidies, which would in the case of Bavaria and other countries with alpine pastures, drive farmers out of business.
Cattle have grazed steep mountain slopes for centuries, how absurd that EU nitrate directives which are a tool to stop the over use of nitrogen fertiliser, be used to prevent cattle grazing mountainsides where artificial fertiliser has never been applied.
The European Commission has denied the EU is responsible and blames Germany for implementing the legislation, at the same time as taking legal action against the Germans for failing to enforce the EU directive restricting land application of fertiliser to steeply sloping ground. You could not make it up!
St Andrew’s Church in Holme Hale, Norfolk was built more than 500 years ago as a place of worship. Today thanks to European directives, environmental zealots, Natural England and incompetent politicians, St Andrew’s – like many churches all over the country – has been redesignated as a bat loo!
Bats are now apparently more important than the parishioners who have been informed that if they interfere with the bats, they risk arrest.
Each week, churchwardens spend hours removing the worst of the excrement so worshippers will not have to sit in bat’s faeces and urine.
Bats today, like badgers and newts take priority over humans and for that matter common sense. Communities wishing to repair the roof of a church, village hall, barn or old building, must first have a bat survey. The summer months when common sense dictates such work should be undertaken, is bat breeding season. The law so enthusiastically followed to the letter by the EU, bat fanciers and Natural England prevent such work taking place at the optimum time, and in too many cases, at all. These creatures, now protected better than our elderly, are becoming a pest and many are far from endangered.
Some churches are on the brink of financial ruin as work on repairs has been delayed, or in some cases forbidden due to bats ‘squatting’ in the roof.
Badgers take priority over cattle and farm businesses, and newts delay building projects and add hundreds of thousands of pounds to vital development costs.
Inventor James Dyson wants Britain to leave the EU so it is no longer ‘dominated and bullied by the Germans’. The successful businessman behind Dyson vacuum cleaners, said German had too much power over EU regulations.
An increasing number of successful British businessmen running multi-million international companies, support exiting the EU to safe guard their competitiveness and flexibility which is being strangled by EU directives and legislation.
The Rochester By Election has certainly painted British politics in a very different light. The swing to UKIP was a remarkable 42 per cent which gave them their second Westminster MP. If that swing were to be repeated in the general election in May – which is unlikely – Nigel Farage would be Prime Minister with an overall majority of 587 seats.
This outcome, although at this point fictional, would certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. Mr Farage is reported to have said he is not Prime Minister material, but I wonder if he thinks Mr Miliband is?
It is fairly certain that if UKIP continue in their ascendancy Mr Miliband will end up in No 10, not with a majority but being propped up by the Scottish National Party and a handful of Lib Dems, if any are elected. The chance of this outcome is fairly high, ‘Vote UKIP get Labour’, a result that even traditional Labour voters are unhappy about as they lose confidence in the abilities their incompetent leader.
Simon Heffer’s commentary in the Mail on Sunday raises the possibility of the SNP refusing to support a Miliband government on matters that only affect English voters. The result would be a constitutional and governmental paralysis – with Parliament unable to pass laws on health, education, transport, local government, the legal system and so on. Resulting in an administration unable to properly govern 85 per cent of the population,
To add to the mayhem, the Fixed-Term Parliament Act means this situation would continue for five wasted years!
Nigel Farage’s star is still in the ascendancy, but will it continue until the General Election, now less than six months away? What is certain is that the build up to polling day will be far from dull.
Every poll taken shows the main issues worrying the public are immigration, Great Britain’s membership of the EU and the national debt. Unless the Prime Minister is prepared to address these priorities now, we shall suffer more of these absurdities implemented by Brussels and gold plated by bureaucrats as their will be NO referendum. We shall also be saddled with five years of the incompetent left wing Ed Miliband and Ed Balls bringing the country to its knees.
Carola Godman Irvine