Chatham & Aylesford MP Loses 20,000 Cows!
Government officials have been forced to admit that they have lost more than 20,000 cows.
Officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) admitted in Parliamentary questions that 20,979 of the animals had been mislaid. The livestock should have been logged on Defra's Cattle Tracing System, devised to protect public and animal health after the BSE and foot and mouth epidemics. However the cattle have disappeared from the system, while another 1,039 are believed to have been loaded onto cattle trucks and never heard of again. Jonathan Shaw, Defra minister, was forced to admit the embarrassing blunder in response to a Parliamentary question. Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Environment secretary, said he was astonished at the loss. "Laptops, data, and now cows, is there anything this Government can not misplace?" he told the Daily Star. "Defra's performance would do credit to Little Bo Peep."
PS. Jonathan Shaw has been reshuffled and is no longer Defra minister.
Posted by Pat