11 January 2002

T-shirt army seeks the truth on F&M

ONE thousand campaigners wearing special T-shirts will descend on the High Court at the start of the judicial review if Devon farmer Robert Persey gets his way.

Mr Persey, a named claimant in the legal action, said: "While the judges hear evidence of the need for a public inquiry, we want to send a clear message that only such an investigation will answer the needs of rural Britain."

To promote the campaign, Mr Persey is selling T-shirts featuring a pig called Winnie armed with a pitchfork and carrying the logo We Seek the Truth.

On offer at £10 each, £6 will be used to defray the expense of employing solicitors Clarke Willmott Clarke should the judges find in favour of DEFRA and award costs against the law firms.

Mr Persey said: "F&M forced me out of pig production and Im determined to do all I can to ensure we win a public inquiry rather than being fobbed off by the so-called independent inquiries. I particularly want to know why the pig sector was singled out for abuse during the crisis."

The three firms are operating on a no-win no-fee basis. If they win, the money will be donated to RABI and the Addington Trust. Part of the legal costs are also being under written by farmers weekly and the regional newspapers Western Morning News in Plymouth and Western Mail Ltd in Cardiff.

To order a T-shirt or make a donation to the campaign fund contact PO Box 65, Honiton, Devon EX14 3WE or tel 01404-841202. &#42