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December 10, 2006

Bowland Dairy Products

You really do want to read Booker's column today on Bowland Dairy Products.

The European Commission has just closed down the firm, despite the Court of First Instance showing them that they were wrong, and that they must desist. Further:

Despite the FSA's solid support of Bowland and its insistence that no rules had been broken, the Department of Health bowed to the commission's diktat. On October 16 it rushed through a statutory instrument, the Curd Cheese (Restriction on Placing on the Market) Regulations 2006, to take immediate effect. Section 3 read "No person shall place on the market any curd cheese manufactured by Bowland Dairy Products Limited".

Never before, it is believed, has a statutory instrument been issued in Britain directed at closing down a single named company (breaching the ancient principle of British law that "the law must be blind", i.e. it must be general in application, not directed at any specific individual or body).

So, the courts don't work....even when you win in them the Commission just carries on in its own sweet manner. Further, to get their way, they introduce an entirely alien concept into UK law.

Can we leave yet?

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Does this mean that if they change the company name, they can trade on as usual?
Perhaps the time has come for a 'Boston Tea Party', only in the Pool of London with Brie.

Posted by: Robert | Dec 10, 2006 10:17:58 AM

That is one of the single most outrageous things I've ever heard concerning the EU, and that's saying a lot.

Posted by: Andrew Paterson | Dec 10, 2006 3:01:02 PM

That is, to all intents and purposes, a Bill of Attainder. Merely leaving the EU is insufficient. These people need killing. Seriously. The reason we chopped Charles I's head off was his riding roughshod over Parliament.

Posted by: David Gillies | Dec 10, 2006 5:13:10 PM

Just shut the company down, sue the Government under the Human Rights Act (which forbids deprivation of property without compensation, and is superior to all EU treaties), use the money to buy the assets, form a new company, and begin trading again.

Posted by: Kay Tie | Dec 10, 2006 5:20:11 PM

The instrument is even worse than Booker makes it sound.
Read it here for the full glory.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2006/20060512.htm

Stops just short of creating a department of Bowland Dairy Products Limited, located at Fulshaw Head Farm, Barrowford, Lancashire BB9 6RA with the purpose of monitoring and regulating its nigh expropriation.

Posted by: James of England | Dec 11, 2006 12:30:35 AM

We should ask Radio 4 listeners to nominate it as a law to repeal - http://www.di2.nu/200612/12.htm

Posted by: Francis | Dec 12, 2006 1:15:23 PM