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Having failed to prevent Ash Dieback arriving in the UK, the Government tries the Canute method to stop it spreading …

Wandering around amongst the latest Statutory Instruments, I came across this one in which the Government tries to pull a King Canute and orders the fungus not to spread (emphasis mine) :

The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) Order 2012

This Order amends the Plant Health (England) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/2530) to include measures to prevent the introduction and spread of Chalara fraxinea T. Kowalski, including its teleomorph Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus, a cause of ash dieback.

In particular, the Order:
(a)prohibits the landing in or the spread within England of Chalara fraxinea T. Kowalski (article 2(7));

OK, I am sure it wasn’t intended to be read in such a manner but it certainly amused me.

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