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AIBU to want Cameron to spend a week painting pollen into apple blossoms??

34 replies

sieglinde · 05/04/2013 15:17

I'm really worried about bees and pesticides; there are so few bees in my garden in summer compared with numbers a few years ago, and I have several beekeeping friends who have lost whole colonies.

Meanwhile the government are BLOCKING EU moves to ban the neonicotinoid pesticides that several trials have shown are a likely culprit. The EU move was a temporary ban pending further trials, but our dear guvverment evidently believes in fairies, perhaps as alternative pollinators, because without bees up to one-third of crops will fail, though their friends at Monsanto will walk away with Big Bucks. Angry Furious, in fact.

If you don't think I am BU to hand Cameron a paintbrush and tell him to get on with it, some petitions you can sign are - this has SHAMINGLY few signatures...


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quoteunquote · 05/04/2013 15:24

all ready done, it's complete madness to allow these pesticides to be used,

anyone wanting to hear how stupid the problem and debate is, please listen to conversation on today's you and yours

Unbelievable this is being blocked, food prices will rocket.


nancerama · 05/04/2013 15:42

I'm furious about this. I wrote to my MP begging him to do something The Tory twat responded with a photo of himself meeting and greeting a woman dressed as a bee and saying that it was important we should do something, but looking at the evidence we don't need to do anything.

What is their problem with the hard working bees?


LaurieFairyCake · 05/04/2013 15:45

Agri business is huge and massively profitable. They just don't give a tiny fuck Sad


LaurieFairyCake · 05/04/2013 15:45

Monty Don is leading a big campaign about it.


weegiemum · 05/04/2013 15:46

Id like him to do this too.

Then spend 3 months cleaning toilets on the nmw. Oh and then a few months as a teacher in an inner city sink comprehensive, a few as a GP in a deprived part of the country, several as a child protection social worker.

In fact I suspect he doesn't have time to be a bus driver, refuse collector, secretary in the local job centre, and actually a hard working mp.

He's never had a real job.


LisaMed · 05/04/2013 15:49

The pesticides are bad and the recent bad weather will not help at all. Last year there will have been a shortage of blooms (even the sodding weeds didn't grow) and flowers are really late here.

Planning on planting some of these for the bees. Fingers crossed. I think the ones in our chimney have finally been seen off by the weather. I saw them at the beginning of March but no sign since.


LyingWitchInTheWardrobe2726 · 05/04/2013 16:49

Would you honestly trust him to do it properly? Bees are already on the decline... Shock


sieglinde · 05/04/2013 17:12

Lovely to know I am not BU, and I love your suggestions too, weegiemum. But for now I am Bee Woman. Bees are just so crucial and these bloody fools are blundering about, wrecking an EU-wide plan to save them.

Anyone wanting to know more can go here

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Catmint · 05/04/2013 17:20

Had signed the avaaz one, have now signed and shared the other one as well.


sieglinde · 06/04/2013 09:55

Huge thanks to anyone who signed. This may be one of the most terrible things this terrible government has done.

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Notquite · 06/04/2013 10:04

Signed. Thanks Bee Woman.


trice · 06/04/2013 10:07

I have signed. They just have not got the first clue have they?


MortaIWombat · 06/04/2013 11:09

Signed. And bump.


Frostybean · 06/04/2013 12:03

Thanks for the brief. Petition signed & shared.


hypnotizingchickens · 06/04/2013 13:54

Signed. Thank you for posting - I wouldn't have come across the petitions without you.


maddening · 06/04/2013 15:05



quoteunquote · 06/04/2013 15:31

We (local bee group) have been opening hives these last few week, (south hams escaped the bad weather this year)

out of 42 hives ,all well fed and care for, there are two with live bees in them. other groups are reporting similar failure numbers.

my cherry trees which should be buzzing with bees as they are in full blossom, normally my favourite place to sit and read at this time as the canopy sounds like a grand prix, with bumbles and honey bees fighting for space, is more or less empty.

please share these petitions with everyone you know, there are serious problems, that cannot be put off solving.


MortaIWombat · 06/04/2013 17:12



VikingLady · 06/04/2013 19:17

Signed and shared on fb


Latara · 06/04/2013 19:35

I wonder if the govt wants the bees & therefore British crops to fail for some reason?? It's a real shame.


HoHoHoNoYouDont · 06/04/2013 19:46

Signed and thanks for bringing this to my attention Smile


MyDarlingClementine · 06/04/2013 19:50

We are doing loads for bees in our garden, signed petition too.


cocoachannel · 06/04/2013 20:01

With shameful ignorance Blush what types of things can we practically do MyDarlingClementine?

Have signed and shared petitions.


TiredFeet · 06/04/2013 20:07

Have signed the petition


moisturiser · 06/04/2013 20:15

I think people have absolutely no idea how serious this is, how much of our food on this planet is pollinated by bees. This is a priority.

I'm planting as much in my garden I can that will provide food for them; clover in my lawn, foxgloves, cornflowers, poppies, phacelia and nasturtiums. If anyone has the tiniest bit of garden (or a window box) please also consider planting some of the above, the more food we can provide for them the better.

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