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Practising what he preaches

Betsan Powys | 19:28 UK time, Sunday, 28 September 2008

Eleven days ago Brynle Williams let rip at Welsh farmers who had failed to vaccinate their cattle against the extremely unpleasant Bluetongue virus.

"The vaccine has been made available to all farmers across Wales so it is vital they use it" he railed.

I assume he meant them to use it on their cattle - but it turns out he's in fact used it on himself. During the debate on Bluetongue in the Senedd, the Shadow Rural Affairs Minister revealed that he has somehow contrived to inject himself with the vaccine, which means that in another nineteen days or so he'll be immune to the disease. It's no recommendation, he says, but I'm still here.

The bad news is that he may suffer a bit of high fever, excessive salivation, swelling of the face, neck and tongue, even a touch of frothing at the mouth. Perhaps he should be tested.

The good news is that his tongue will be truly on message.


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  • 1. At 10:06pm on 28 Sep 2008, dylanrees88 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 2. At 11:21pm on 28 Sep 2008, DewiiH wrote:

    Betsan - are you kidding? How can he accidentally inject himself?

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  • 3. At 10:55am on 29 Sep 2008, BLUESNIK wrote:

    Betsan ~ "A modest suggestion"

    Could not BBC Wales provide a decent weekly radio politiks show? No NOT, "Friday night at the Llandaff Rotary Club" with Patrick "My Menna"Hannon and his best "mates" cronies , but something with some wider opinion, critique and edge?

    In the run up tp a possible Referendum?

    Public service broadcasting? Remember that? Specially now ITV is leaving the station...

    Its why I don't pay my fee. At present. ..

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  • 4. At 9:47pm on 29 Sep 2008, osian wrote:

    WHAT? He injected himself? Incompetent...

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  • 5. At 10:56am on 30 Sep 2008, Crossroads wrote:

    Maybe Dodgy Rhodri Morgan could try the same business with a foot in mouth vaccine.

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  • 6. At 1:26pm on 30 Sep 2008, farmer_martin wrote:

    When you are injecting dozens of animals with a very small dosage (depending on species, the BTV dose is 1 or 2 ml) it is quite easy to at least nick yourself with the needle. Every vet I've dealt with over the years has had the same and reckon they've been immiunised to just about everything. Bear in mind that unlike human patents you can't tell your injectee: "hold still it will just be a small pinprick" So the fidgeting animals often help you to receive your accidental dosage, in your leg, mouth or eye.

    As to side effects, I understand there have been no noticable ones on humans from this vaccine. As and when mine turns up and I get on with the job, I'll let you know ...

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