New Zealand Butter

#1
I see the EU is now going to ban the import of New Zealand butter to the UK.

You see we have no control of what happens in our country.

Why can we not be left alone to run our own country.?
 
#2
Its Mandleson, that paragon of virtue, who as long as he has 9 inches of brazilian up him does not care about anything else. Apparently the Jerries put him up to it and in his role as EU commissioner of Business (qualified by his familarity with bent morgages and rent boys), he obliged.
 

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#4
This is starting to sound like the Yes Minister episode where EEU were going to ban the British Sausage. Trouble is, this is for real.

My personal opinion is that NZ is part of the Commonwealth and therefore deserves the preferential treatment currently afforded to them. The only reason that the European countries want it banned is because they have never had an empire to turn into a Commonwealth.

As for Mandelson, he has shown how reliable he is and how much integrity he has, sweet feck all. Who would have thought it, Anchor banned by a W@nker.
 
#5
It never fails to amaze me what they will do. In the past we have had the E U telling us that....
Banana's are too curved and should be straighter
Cucumbers aint curved enough
Apples should be square, as should tomatoes.

I kid you not! :x
 
#6
Auld-Yin said:
This is starting to sound like the Yes Minister episode where EEU were going to ban the British Sausage. Trouble is, this is for real.

My personal opinion is that NZ is part of the Commonwealth and therefore deserves the preferential treatment currently afforded to them. The only reason that the European countries want it banned is because they have never had an empire to turn into a Commonwealth.

As for Mandelson, he has shown how reliable he is and how much integrity he has, sweet feck all. Who would have thought it, Anchor banned by a W@nker.
Nearly all the other European countries had empires. The reason why they do not have anything like the Commonwealth is because the style of rule over their dominions reflected their national and personal traits i.e. they were utter cnuts and the locals hated them (and still do).

Normally, before a ban is instigated, there is a protracted period of negotiations, maybe increased tariffs and then finally a ban. Could it have anything to do with the fact that NZ was on our side in WW2 and is of predominantly white stock (thus the Europeans hate them and Mandy has no interested as there is no 'meat' that interests his ring).
 
#11
As a kiwi I find this another kick in the teeth by the europeans(mainland). Coming from a dairy farming family background this is not good, the EU is a major market(NZ$264 million) and again european arrogance and selfishness is here to knock us kiwis down. Britain is the major foothold for NZ products in the EU and from what I have read in many British media outlets(not tabloids) is that the EU is not popular with many. When you Brits went into the EEC we were a bit upset but it did help us diversify our dairy exports, but from what I have read is that you only wanted market access not political control from Brussels. If only the EU commisoners could take a look outside Brussles and vist NZ war graves to remember kiwis died in defense of their freedoms.
As someone who is considering joining the NZ Army(LAV's) or maybe the British Army(Tankie) i hope the europeans on the mainland can look and see what we have done for them before being selfish and protectionist because of thier inefficant farms and effectivly in many cases thier economeies, and by looking at the fact that the Pound is still thier and not the Euro shows that Britain knows better and can run its economy well. Although Gordon Brown may destroy this good economy soon with his taxes. :(
 
#12
Please, please, please tell me they have more important and more pressing issues on their "TO DO" list Did we do go to war againt Mr Hitler to let the EEU run our lives????
Come to think of it, there is a slight similarity between Mandleson and Adolf?? any paint shop experts care to assist???
 
#13
spotadick

a previous poster here had it right, the UK's relations with its former Colonies/freinds is by and large good to excellent, the rest of mainland Europes is shite. PLUS they are jealous as fcuk because our former Colonies/freinds by and large are first world havens that you wouldn't mind living in. They hate to be reminded that the 'anglosphere' won and their efforts turned out ARRSE.

No Brit will allow the EU to stop NZ butter lining our arteries, don't worry
 
#15
Had a friend who worked in a Welsh Buttery, they used to get huge slabs on NZ Anchor butter, add more salt and re-package it as 'Welsh butter'.
In tiny print on the label it used to say, 'contents from more than one country'.
So don't worry, we'll still get it - only it'll cost more...
 
#16
Auld-Yin said:
This is starting to sound like the Yes Minister episode where EEU were going to ban the British Sausage. Trouble is, this is for real.

My personal opinion is that NZ is part of the Commonwealth and therefore deserves the preferential treatment currently afforded to them. The only reason that the European countries want it banned is because they have never had an empire to turn into a Commonwealth.

As for Mandelson, he has shown how reliable he is and how much integrity he has, sweet feck all. Who would have thought it, Anchor banned by a W@nker.
Auld-Yin,

The preferential treatment for NZ butter came into play as part of the UK accession to the EU back in the 1972/73. The Commission has been peeved on this ever since and their first attack on this issue was back in 1996. This new attack is quite novel since the EU isn't looking to ban NZ butter imports as far as I can see, just to remove the sole entry point. Check out the relevant OJ of the EC and you'll see why the issue is so important - the margin of preference for customs duty is pretty significant - or was when I looked at it back in 1996 :wink:

Having said that I'm surprised at Mandelson - thought he was into "organic lubricants" :twisted:

lancslad
 
#17
Its just one thing after another when it comes to Mandy the fudge packer extraordinaire.

Not much wrong there you, say, free trade and all. :(
But Brazilian farms have continued precence of foot and mouth, not good considering are report on the outbreak
here confirmed it came from imported beef :(
But the worst part of it all, is the Amazon rainforests.
They are being chopped down at an extrodinary rate, to make room for new cattle farms, so as to increase the EEC
imports of beef. :(

Slaps in the face of all their environmental policies, but then the environment comes second in the to do list, as destroying
British and European agriculture seems to be the main issue of today.
 
#18
This has always been about forcing the UK to accept that it is supposed to buy everything from our enemies in Europe.

We are not to help any of our friends thoughout the rest of world. We are to surrender even our ability to decide what butter we wish to buy.

Of course our overlords in the EU will never understand that it is exactly this sort of thing that causes such a resentment against them and all they stand for. As far as they see (which is only as far as the ring road around the city of Burssels) is that all is we and everyone else loves them for bringing us the joys of the electable and corrupt overlordship of ******* like Mandelson.
 
#19
Funny isn't it - continental Europeans were awfully keen on New Zealand imports when said imports were young men in BD with SMLE's slung over their shoulders.

This story just means that Mandy makes me sick for yet ANOTHER reason.
 
#20
If I've read the article correctly NZ will still be allowed to import their full quota for the year, there will just be a gap while they sort things out. The problem seems to be that the Germans want to be able to import it into the EU, not just the UK.

Whether there should be any form of quota or limit on who can import things from NZ is an entirely different matter of course...
 

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