When the Chinese invite poets to tea, and the British stalk, harass and threaten witnesses to Parliament at Westminster, and for more than a decade, there is something decidedly sinister about Porcine Circovirus.
Porcine Circovirus seems to bring out the worst in terrified officials and those that depend on their largesse.
Ironically, the senior ranks of the British Civil Service have long been nicknamed "Mandarins." They certainly behave like Mandarins.
The full Guardian report is here
Rivers of blood: the dead pigs rotting in China's water supply
Shanghai's drinking water is under threat after 16,000 diseased pig carcasses are found in tributaries of the Huangpu river
Nicola Davison in Jiaxing, Friday 29 March 2013