Ha, many of those receiving the largest payouts of unjust amounts of money are (or normally would be) sitting in the House of Lords.
Interesting isn't it how they reference a Saudi Racehorse owner as the 'wrong un'
Not that I'd support that either
Yours truly been part of a group lobbying for better treatment and support for farmers better, more ecological, and socially just food and farming systems after brexit.
We even stopped the traffic on Westminster Bridge with a shiny John Deere.
At another point we set up a massive lunch outside defra offices demanding a 'place at the table' in negotiations.
We got one ..
Ironically under Gove.
And have since then been part of helping to design this Elms system.
I've even had a fact finding defra delegation come to my farm
Their take away being "We didn't know you could do it like this, and be commercially viable*"
We will see, it's complicated.
The lump sum for farmers exiting is controversial for many reasons.
Depends on what happens to that land.. Create new County farms for new entrants.?? Yes great.
Allow it to become part of enormous mega farms with a few wildflower strips and unsuitable tree planting schemes?
Not so much.
Reducing numbers of livestock isn't a panacea in itself, what kind of stock and where??
The trouble is politicians just like anyone else struggles to ggrasp the complexity of this stuff.
Farming, ecology, climate change food security, the food system itself, tackling food poverty, land access, and so forth are inextricably linked.
Thinking about all these things, all at once is so far removed from the usual departmental silo thinking, that they are struggling to grasp it all at once.
Europe are also in the process of redesigning the Cap recognising all these things.
We could have been part of that.
Anyhoo I've scribed at great length on all this on the Brexit thread and elsewhere.
I'd better get up and go practice what I preach.
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Just goes to show how misleading a picture can be.
The plod was actually being very friendly, we were having a laugh, but it looks like he's ticking me off..
On the subject of farming subsidies why does Tate&Lyle sit at the top? Always wondered that one. Farming subsidies.org makes interesting reading.