Don’t serve up US beef

LOWERING animal welfare standards after Brexit to secure a trade deal with the USA would be a betrayal of decency.

The mistreatment of hormone-pumped cattle packed into industrial plants in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma which we expose today is a warning: a warning sub-standard meat should never be allowed on our dinner plates.

Campaigning chef Jamie Oliver, fitness coach Joe Wicks and other prominent figures who signed the letter demanding the Government must not surrender, must keep out chlorinated chicken and the other food America wants to dump in Britain, are on the right page.

We are what we eat, and that means we must raise the quality of meals, never lower them to appease an over-mighty US agribusiness at the cost of our own farmers and health.

We demand all MPs stand up to be counted, protecting the quality of the meat we consume. Trade deals must be in Britain’s favour.

As animal lovers, importing the carnage of US factories is a red line we cannot cross.

Unis need help

REOPENING universities, like the return of schools, is an important challenge we must not shirk, as resuming education is vital to a generation’s prospects.

Yet minimising the risk of the virus spreading requires organisation and compliance or it will rip through schools and student blocks.

Threatening to lock students on campuses over Christmas is foolish when we all know that would be both intolerably illiberal and probably impossible to enforce.

There is a good case for reducing tuition fees when students receive less face-to-face learning, so Tory ministers should support universities rather than posturing aggressively.

Strictly dancing

The challenge of making Strictly Come Dancing sparkle in Covid times will keep contestants and partners on their toes.

But in an era of social distancing, perhaps the well known “curse of Strictly” might finally get the elbow.