Apologies for the delay in writing but we have been off examining the realities of EU law. It seems that if European countries vote for commercial whaling they may be in contravention of EU law! We shall have more to say on the matter in days to come, but I am looking forward to the day when Sweden and Denmark have to vote against commercial whaling after all the work they have done to try and achieve it.
It would seem that the Danish Government may even be trying to box themselves into a corner by hosting a parliamentary hearing where if the Danish Minister can stir his colleagues up into a mass of support, he can slip through the fact that they will support the return to the days of high seas butchery wrapped up in their defense of Greenland's ASW whalers, some of whom would like to do a bit of commercial activity 'on the side'.
I am also supposed to be at a wedding tonight, so please forgive my indulgence if I wish Jane and Chris the best for this evening's celebrations. I am sorry that I am not there, but..
I have also been thinking about the whaling deal that is dominating all our lives at the moment. I can see some country delegations now hardening in their position. The Chairman's proposal is beginning to leak like a sieve as more and more holes appear in it. At the same time, governments and a few individuals appear to be desperate to save it at all costs.
Their mistake is thinking this is the only game in town. And even if it was, is it worth sacrificing fifty years of conservation and protection effort to save the vestiges of a broken system? Some individuals came into the whaling issue quite recently and felt they could play god with the IWC and the lives of whales.
They should look to the protection of whales, rather than what they promised governments they could deliver. Better to have tried and been wrong, than wrong and force this deal through, simply to avoid having egg on their faces, I suggest.