Brexit might bring some sanity — 6 Comments

  1. Dear heavens, have you come round to my thinking on this. Now I’m not saying a toppling off a nag to do a wee bit of tax collecting type of conversion, but you’ve certainly changed your mind.
    It seems madness to me ever since I ran the numbers on what occurred AFTER the payment arrived. Since the payment came on foot of acreage the existing big farmer could simply save the payment and buy out the smaller.

  2. I think the CAP payments were more defensible in an Irish context where there was a genuine concern for the need to sustain rural communities and where the flat rate system that pertains in Britain was not embraced to a similar extent

  3. Ohh I think it was worse. All the farms below 100 acres are gone. Most between that and 150 too. And what made it truly bad was the actions of the CoOps. They kept to their pre EEC models and formed gigantic lakes of milk and mountains of cheese. They could’ve invested in the small farmers to make home manufacture a possibility. They could’ve ran classes to show the farmers how to protect their assets using Ltd Co structures. But no, they kept accumulating unbelievable reserves so they could buy round the world. Imagine a company that never pays a dividend, or only does to profoundly preferred shareholders. There should’ve been thousands like the Grubbs and their Cashel Blue.

  4. There remain small farms in the hills around the Slieve Blooms which would disappear without the Basic Payment. CAP payments have sustained communities in such places. There would be a strong argument for capping the payments at a moderate figure; one small farmer once commented to me that if some of the men with hundreds of acres could not farm at a profit, they should consider whether they should be farming at all.

  5. Ohh I’m not speaking about those at all. When the CAP was mooted it was the UK along with Ireland that insisted that all land regardless of size of holding could draw. The original idea by the French saw only marginal holdings, below 35 hectares.

  6. With the British withdrawal and the presidency of Macron in France, it is hard to see there not being a much more hard-nosed attitude by governments.

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