March 6th, 2014

You Cannot Bee Serious

Another reason to want the EU to buzz off. New figures revealed this morning show that DEFRA and the EU have stung the taxpayer with a £1 million bill… for looking at bees. The £1,009,861 funding from the bumbling European Commission has gone to “projects relating to bees” such as the National Bee Unit, the Bee Health Inspectorate and BeeBase, an IT system which catalogues information about bees.  Are they pollen our leg?



  1. 1
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:


  2. 2
    Climate Sceptic, Bee Realist says:

    We’ll all be dead in fairly short order if the ongoing collapse of bee population deprives us of pollinators. If anything, this is an under-rated menace and it’s worth questioning DEFRA about their failure to do more. Taxi for Paterson….

  3. 3
    Lke you said the bankers ARE scum says:

    At least its gone to the workers

  4. 4
    Bill Quango MP says:

    No more puns – beehave.

  5. 5
    Stinga says:

    Show me the honey!

  6. 6
    Jack Dromey MP says:

    Did someone say BB… oh nevermind. Back to Twitter

  7. 7
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Although you are correct, and there is the disappearing Bats worry, please do not tell politicians.
    A ‘honey tax’ would be too much for them to resist.

  8. 8
    Baboon's arse says:

    + lots. Ignorant and stupid post deserves to be shown up for what it is.

  9. 9
    altruism in industry says:

    Bees are really important pollinators. Better to find ways to live with these chaotic, natural requirements than try to make some uniform genetically modified crop that doesn’t require insects or a pest control that fdestroys the good bugs.

  10. 10
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    The eu has a core competence of wasting money because they believe in the Labour money tree. If you need more money you just take it from pensions or tax, simple.

  11. 11
    Bumbling Vince Cable says:

    We need more immigrant bees!

  12. 12
    slim harpo says:

    well i’m a king bee baby

  13. 13
    Mr Anonymous says:

    No wonder the Bee Bee C are so pro-European…

  14. 14
    The public says:

    Dear BBC,
    Yesterday you had Ed Miliband on the world at one talking about how he thinks Britain should tackle Russia over the Ukraine.

    Could you clarify what his role in the British government is? I know he is not foreign secretary. Or prime minister. Or EU minister. Or minister of defence. Or business. Or overseas aid… so..what is his job? I don’t think he is even in the coalition government so why do you keep telling us what he says?

    Surely the BBC should be interviewing people who have responsibility for resolving this crisis and not just interviewing random people that you have found wandering about in the street.

    Yours Sincerely

    The Public

  15. 15
    Beedo Fawkes says:

    Very true.

    Colony Collapse Disorder

  16. 16
    Polly Pot says:

    I’m Queen Bee!
    I’ve been queen of the looney hive for thirty years!

  17. 17
    Whiffler says:

    What about the workers ?

  18. 18
    Chris says:

    Sometimes Guido needs to delve a bit further before posting. This is a really serious and under reported problem.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Bees play a crucial role in the whole eco-climate. It is just dim of guido et al to use it as another knocking opportunity of the EU.

  20. 20
    Owen Jones says:

    Please don’t belittle me

  21. 21
    Labour Landslide to Bury Tories and UKEP says:

    He’ll be Prime Minister in just over a year. Eat it!

  22. 22
    jgm2 says:


    You’re dead wrong on this one Guido.

    Private Eye has been all over it for years. It appears that pesticide companies would prefer to annihilate the bees (and thereby all of us) rather than admit their pesticides are killing bees.

    It’s fun to kick the EU and there is no doubt they piss away industrial amounts of cash but if anything they’re under-funding this.

  23. 23
    Dee says:

    What a ridiculous letter. You make yourself look an idiot with such childish ramblings. Ed is for sure a prat, but you’re an even bigger one for questioning his elected role in the British Parliament. I’m embarrassed for you. Really.

    And if anyone here doesn’t know why bee studies needs national and international funding, they must be deliberately ignorant. We can blame the EU for many things, but on this, more people than read this blog will be in agreement with them.

  24. 24
    Hey racists! says:

    Review of UK police corruption during Stephen Lawrence murder probe finds Det Sgt John Davidson “acted corruptly”

  25. 25
    TV info services inc says:

    Relax, he is merely the empty time space filler. Back in the day when the tv stations had a time gap to fill before the next prog was due on they used to show a loop film of an aquarium with lots of pretty fish swimming up and down or a potter from Guildform making and remaking a vase. Militwit serves the same purpose and while he is on the general public can pop out to the corner shop for a loaf or make a cuppa. Hope that eases your worries at least a little.

  26. 26
    Typical Geedo poster says:

    Fuck off shirtlifter/bumboy etc etc.

  27. 27
    Amanita Phalloides says:

    I agree. The opportunity for Guido to sharpen and showcase his skills as a punster has overtaken some deeper consideration of a problem which will, if left unchecked, result in food shortages, price increases and the rest.

    The sum involved is rather less than the subsidies we pay for politicians to stuff themselves with food and drink in the Palace of Westminster (let alone the iPads, property deals, porn and other work-related expenses), against which Guido so rightly rails.

  28. 28
    MacGuffin says:

    Guido can’t help themselves. They need to learn some science. 1 million seems a small price to pay.

  29. 29
    TV info services inc says:

    *GuildforD … bloody autocorrect shd mind its own business

  30. 30
    jgm2 says:

    Yeah. 4% poll lead and Tory tax cuts to come.

    Plus he’ll have to spend a month on TV looking like a gimp. acting like a gimp and reminding voters that he is a gimp and that if they vote for him then the image they will portray to the world is ‘we vote for gimps’.

    And if Useless Ned can somehow hide from the voters for a month they still have to overcome the electoral albatross that is Ned Balls. Never knowingly right.

  31. 31
    A drone says:

    That one wins!

  32. 32
    Too brief; not enough info to be of any use here says:


  33. 33
    Sol Campbell says:

    I should have been captain.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    “DEFRA and the EU have stung the taxpayer with a £1 million bill”
    Mere chump change, my dears. Just wait until we get the bill for ‘adjusting reality’. So that Ukraine can ‘attain’ an economic status, akin to those fudged figures Greece needed for EU entry.

  35. 35
    Blue Monkey says:

    Half-witted post. Guido you can do far better than this.

    Without bees we’re f-ked, hence a mere £1m spent trying to find out what the hell is going on with them might be viewed as £ well spent by anyone …

  36. 36
    jgm2 says:

    Put him on trial then.

    It’s sad for Stephen Lawrence and his family but I remain unconvinced that this kid’s murder, uniquely in 800 years, necessitated doing away with the protection of double jeopardy.

    In fact I’ll go further. It’s a fucking outrage that double jeopardy has been abolished.

  37. 37
    widescreen2010 says:

    To paraphrase Einstein: Without bees, we’re fucked.
    For once, money spent in the right place.

  38. 38
    Dee says:

    If that’s the first response you can come up with, one must question where you keep your brain cells and how often they are ejected from your body.

  39. 39
    Denis Law says:

    We would have won the World Cup in 1966 if only we’d qualified. And been given a free pass to the final. And played against England in the final. Because we’d beaten them before at Wembley so we’d definitely have beaten them again.

    We were robbed.

  40. 40

    They were just waiting for the first politically correct opportunity !

  41. 41
    Hymenoptera says:

    Wasp. That’s a Wasp.

  42. 42

    Stop DRONING on .

  43. 43

    ALL colonies collapse in disorder look at Africa.

  44. 44
  45. 45

    Wise up Guido. Bees matter. A million quid is probably much too little. much too late.

  46. 46
    slim harpo says:

    i’m buzzin ’bout yo’ hive

    an’ i buzz best – when yo’ man ain’t home!

  47. 47
    Gawd Help Us says:

    £1 million in the great scheme of EU waste seems a little price to pay for the very important issue of our disappearing bees.

  48. 48
    EyeSee says:

    Did Britain’s Sewing Bee get any money? We need to be told.

  49. 49

    The Public didn’t mention RedEd’s role in Parliament. He mentioned Ed’s role in the Government. We all know that Ed’s role in Parliament is to be a sock-puppet for Len and the Boyz. Only the BEEB would allow Ed a Party Political broadcast on something he clearly hasn’t a clue about. Another lefty straw-man FAIL.

  50. 50

    It must be spelt out!!

  51. 51
    Long sigh says:

    Moronic post, Guido. Even the most Euro-sceptic among us have some small inkling of how important bees are to food production. Shame that nugget of knowledge hadn’t filtered its way down to you.

  52. 52
    Taxfodder says:

    Well I’ll beef hooked

  53. 53
    Yaosxx says:

    Wakey wakey!
    This is nothing Guido compared to the £20million the BBC has received from the EU that it is tried to deny!!!

  54. 54
    bernard de mandeville says:

    Bare Virtue can’t make Nations live
    In Splendor; they, that would revive
    A Golden Age, must be as free,
    For Acorns, as for Honesty

  55. 55
    Yaosxx says:

    And what do you think that £1million has achieved…?

  56. 56

    Are you saying there should be no bee studies or that there should be 28 different ones?

  57. 57
    Village Idiot says:

    …Hard working bees’ for world pollination need health checks,but, could it not be done at an agricultural college,uni or,worst of all, a Quango,set up?
    ….Also,townies can be excused the lack of understanding of the ways of the countryside,but it did not stop them jumping on the “hunting ban”,destroying businesses and packs of hounds,when really that argument was a so called class war,even though all walks of life partook.(scrub Quango)

  58. 58

    Yes published in about 24 different languages each running to about 400 densely packed pages of pseudo scientific drivel,listing regulation after regulation about the movement of beehives concerning the importation of bee products covering the distillation into alcoholic beverages ( Mead production and export regulation para 9 sub para 1b)
    The UK version of course would outlaw the keeping of bees under condition that apply uniquely to british traditional practices thus destroying at a stroke the entire industry in England , Scotland having been granted an indefinite abrogation.
    The French meanwhile take a cursory glance at their own 2 page advisory booklet ,laugh , shrug , then chuck it in the bin.

  59. 59
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    I think they should be looking at bees, a variety of threats exist and approach. Not sure about a million quid but it seems somewhat reasonable if it is to be done properly. The feckin’ Beeb got more for R&D.

  60. 60
    Irritable Sod says:

    Agree with you here 100%

    £1m is just not enough.

    How about Guido goes and look at the pesticide companies instead and finds the *real* gossip?

  61. 61
    Dee says:

    I read the letter as him saying EdM was a random person found wandering the street and should not have been interviewed. Democracy is far more important than scoring political points, wasting bbc time and our licence fees all at the same time.

  62. 62
    Dee says:

    Varroa control, applied research, technical assistance, laboratory support, migratory beekeeping and the restocking of hives.

    Bee keeping is not for everyone, but you can help by keeping bee friendly plants in your garden and not being the sort of person who kills them on sight. Councils should sow wild flowers on the road side where no signage is necessary and save money on grass cutting at the same time.

  63. 63
    Yaosxx says:

    Unless you have proof that this money actually does something then it’s a waste of money – just assuming that it does means nothing!

  64. 64
    Peter Ellis says:

    Given that bees are critical to the pollination of a wide variety of fruit trees, it seem entirely reasonable. Guido probably prefers we get all our fruit from Israel.

  65. 65
    Honeytrap says:

    Insects crime yet again.

  66. 66
    My much nicer twin says:

    Guido is in cahoots with sewing bee on the BBC.

  67. 67

    No fruit means no fruitcakes and the end of the Lemon Party

  68. 68
    BarryW says:

    Yes this is a very important problem and needs to be investigated; but equally how the EU tax payers money is spent is equally important.
    We must continue to press for proper audits of all EU expenditure.

  69. 69
    Dreary Steeples says:

    GM is a big problem for the bee as well and who pushes it?.

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Hear hear.

    While Guido gets it right most of the time this is a very definite foot in mouth, corn cob up the arse mistake by him.

  71. 71
    DUH! says:

    They are studying why masses of bees are dying, to help the massive honey industry. Nothing wrong with that, particularly since it has been discovered that chemicals are to blame indirectly because they lower the bee’s resistance to parasites. It means that here has to be large scale change in what chemicals are to be used in agriculture.

  72. 72
    Maybe it's because they're such busybodies says:

    Nonetheless, the EU is the last organisation that should be allowed to be involved in such issues since whatever it does will only make matters worse.

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