Reply to post: Re: Farm subsidy

Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

Philip Storry

Re: Farm subsidy

For clarity - this is an "All Years" view, which appears to have data back to 2013.

For opinion - it's no surprise that many big companies are getting subsidies. Same in fishing, IIRC - the majority of the "British fishing fleet" is in the hands of large companies.

Of course, there are the plucky small independents. I'm not denying that. But the Brexiteers like to pretend that they're the only story, because that pulls on heart-strings. The fact is that the vast majority of the problems for both farmers and fishermen are down to a combination of corporate competition and government cockups. Europe is either neutral in events, or on their side trying to improve things.

Sadly, that makes for a complicated story. Much easier to just bend the truth and go back to that narrative of the plucky independent...

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