Surrey - (Rotters): And you all thought that lethal biological weapons' manufacture was the preserve of monsters like Saddam, or nutters operating under the convenience flag called Al-Qaeda?
No such luck. It's a home-grown time-bomb primed to explode just after the misery of flooding in the country and it works on behalf of Her Majesty's Government:
Merck, the US pharmaceutical giant fined hundreds of millions of dollars for its lethal arthritis medication Vioxx, has been named as the majority shareholder of the UK pathogen lab Merial manufacturing animal diseases for the UK government.
Defra officials traced this week'd disastrous foot and mouth outbreak to the Pirbright Animal Testing Laboratory and it partner Merial, which they found to have resurrected the deadly animal disease virus from a 1967 batch of pathogens in July this year.
Merial, co-owned by Merck with NY Stock exchange-listed Sanofi-Aventis, has produced the deadly virus which has matched positive to the one found in farm animals three miles away in Elstead.
A speedy damage-limitation exercise has been ordered by Prime Monster Gorgon Brown at the fourth meeting of the COBRA crisis committee yesterday.
Just who the end-user client of this manufactured strain may have been remains a mystery.
A government-imposed D-Notice has been clamped onto all information about the business aspects of this venture as the cull of millions of pigs, cattle and sheep beging in the UK.
Lord Levy is 69.