A nice little example of why we rather don\’t want to be run as a bureaucratic State.
The threat of action by Unison, the public sector union that represents 80 per cent of the Meat Hygiene Service\’s 1,200 inspectors, could mean leading supermarkets are unable to procure enough UK meat at the busiest time of the year.
Before the EU imposed this Meat Hygiene Service upon us we had a much looser system of inspection. With a number of caveats we let the market deal with it all. That meant that no one in the system had a choke hold upon it. Myriad abbatoirs, some very small, some large, produced meat and there was no one able to close the entire system down.
Now of course we have to have one of those 1,200 people present when an animal is slaughtered. And when said bureaucrats go on strike the entire system is screwed. The logical extension of which is that, given that the bureaucrats are the people with the power in the system, over time the profits of the system will flow to the bureaucrats. That is what happens, after all. Profits flow to the scarce resource.
What a happy land the EU is creating, eh?
Note please that I\’m not suggesting there should be no inspection of either meat of abbatoirs. Rather, that there are no solutions, only tradeoffs. And that perhaps this tradeoff isn\’t a good one. The marginal (if any at all, there\’s a very good argument that the requirements of having such inspectors has closed all the small abbatoirs and thus reduced the quality of the meat we get) improvements in the quality of meat we\’ve had mioght not be worth the handing over of the entire system to the power of a small group to hold it hostage.