Tag Archives: farm subsidies

NFU proposals for a new farm subsidy system only fit for cloud cuckoo land

It’s a special anniversary this year – 70 years since the 1947 Farming Act. I will return to this anniversary in more detail later in the year, but today I want to discuss one particular thing.  The 1947 Act was … Continue reading

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What is the public paying for? Guest post on farm subsidies from Tom Lancaster

I’m delighted to publish this guest post from Tom Lancaster, Senior Agriculture Policy Officer at the RSPB         The question is often asked of the Common Agricultural Policy – what is it exactly that the public is … Continue reading

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New head of Defra Andrea Leadsom has already laid out her plans for farm subsidy reform.

The dust is settling following the brutal excision of the Cameron/Osborne cliques from power. One Department has been knocked down, or split asunder – the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Energy has gone to Business and Industry, Climate Change … Continue reading

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The EU Referendum: Turkeys have voted for Christmas

SARA has come to stay. That’s Shock, Anger, Rejection, Acceptance.  – it’s a model to explain the process of grief. Yesterday we experienced the shock that the country had voted to leave the EU. I say country – actually 72% … Continue reading

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Some initial thoughts on a post-CAP farm subsidy system

Well that was a bit of a shock. In the absence of exit polls I was looking at what the betting markets were doing – all the money seemed to be piling in on shortening odds for Remain. The Bookies … Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith “may have done ok from the EU”

Iain Duncan Smith has come out fighting today, insulting the Germans, deriding the Prime Minister as a push-over, but most importantly appealing to the British people’s better nature, arguing that the EU is “a force for social injustice”. He apparently … Continue reading

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Farm Subsidies after Brexit – the first hints from Farm Minister Eustice

We’ve had a first hint from the Brexit side, as to what support farming would receive if the UK left the EU. This from Farmers Weekly” First details have emerged of a plan for British agriculture if the UK leaves … Continue reading

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The CLA reacts hysterically to ideas of removing farm tax-exemptions ; the dependency on state handouts is akin to drug addiction.

I’m tempted to emulate the satire of Tom Pride’s Pride’s Purge with this story, but in truth it needs no satire. Apparently a “leaked document” purports to suggest that Labour are thinking about removing business rate exemptions on Agricultural Land, … Continue reading

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