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well not really but http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10904958
hadn't signed up to CAP reform, all but spelling the death of farming in the UK, our farmers would still be receiving Milk Quota to keep the price low for all instead of subsidising french farmers!
but the prices supermarkets pay to farmers is a joke and the balance needs to be addressed properly
Downing Street's hilarious panicked withdrawl of some real old school retro Nasty Party Tory policy ideas this morning after they realised that someone was out there briefing a 'let's be exactly like Thatcher' line
I used to work in Agricultural accountancy
then stop spoiling my lefty fun with your inaccurate posts
(also CAP really really needs reforming but no one is brave enough to do what really needs to be done so we end up with compromises like the mismatch we've got now. it's one of the reasons that turkey joining up would be a 'good' thing)
with the edict and SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU CUNT messages being sent to the minister from Number 10 via the interviewer the papers would be tearing right into this kind of nonsense.
It's a bit of fun really but the government has been gaffing pretty hard recently.
I get the impression that these guys don't really understand that they're in charge now. In opposition you can say whatever the hell you like, as long as you're not saying 'burn the jews' or 'gay people should be shot' you're not going to bother too much of the electorate. Change your mind as often as you like, no one is really listening, we're watching for the guys in charge to say something important/stupd and we'll pick up on that.
When you're in that kind of situation you can pretty much go wherever you want and say whatever pleases the people in front of you in that room because that'll get the 'Dave pleases people with good speech about, erm, something. Who cares, he was good thats all you need to know' columns in the papers.
But now they're in charge everything someone says or leaks or proposes or sends a memo wondering about matters. The Dave world tour was a pretty good example of that, as leader of the opposition, sure go ahead pander to whoever you're speaking to no one else is listening. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? People pay attention. You can't go about slagging Pakistan because it'll get you cheers in India for example because Pakistan is now listening and we have some interesting history and important diplomatic ties with them.
You can't just wander about changing your mind on cuts every half an hour because what you say now effects actual people.
PR driven Opposition is fine but it was one of the failings of the Blair government (once the D:ream fueled bliss had died down) and the coalition seems to have jumped right down into the same hole.
It's beginning to look like that.
Whether this particular idea is valid or not (tbh, it hardly sounds like the worlds harshest cut considering the fact that they're planning an alt scheme for the poorest kids... whatever), but they're daft not to have seen the NO MILK + TORY GOV = BAD PRESS angle in this at the blue sky stage.
Unless the plan is to really go for it on the unpopular ideas front from the off, and create some leeway for a spattering of populist stuff at a later stage, closer to the next election. Two steps back, one step forward style. Hoping (probably with some justification) that the public will have partially forgotten the nasty stuff from the beginning of the term. ???
was inevitable the moment Osbourne asked the cabinet to look for cuts of up to 40%. The only surprise is that some people in the government seem a little surprised that the media are paying attention to what they're doing.
Number 10 encourages ministers and civil servants to investigate all possible money saving ideas. Minister comes up with relatively inoffensive idea (considering they've just cancelled BSF ffs). Number 10 runs as fast as it possibly can from the idea, entirely for PR reasons. Unsurprising turn of events all in all.