Esteemed columnist Bernard Ingham has little truck with scaremongers who
seek to discredit British beef (see page 3). In fact he’s furious about
Not everyone has given into the hysteria, however. He tells me that the
Government’s PR minders are at least putting their mouths where their
Following a rousing talk he gave to Government Information Service staff
this week, Sir Bernard retired to Joe Allen’s restaurant in Covent
Garden for a slap up meal. He was accompanied by no fewer than four
Government heads of information - from the DTI, the Home Office, and the
Heritage and Environment departments.
No prizes for guessing what they ordered. ‘We all had steak,’ says
Ingham defiantly. ‘Every last one of us.’ So no signs of madness
afterwards? ‘We’re only mad with anger about it all,’ he growls.