Cut CAP to Mayfair scroungers

james armstrong james36armstrong at
Sat Jun 19 10:47:40 BST 2010

Cut C.A.P. to Mayfair

Common Agricultural Policy Payments  could better be called Conglomorates

And Aristocrats, Public Pensions.


Huge annual payments go to –

Carrington          £149,000

Linlithgow          £ 144,000

Rothermere        £29,000

-every year for the last thirty seven years 


 to-    M.P.s 
,    Richard Drax  £417,846

To dukes….to earls…. To Prince Charles £581,000

To their  trade
association , NFU, £70,000


HM Queen received 
£1,183,508 over the last two years for privately owning the Sandrigham

Two thousand get more than the Prime Minister’s annual

39,000 receive  CAP
welfare bonus of  over twice the minimum


This is not a means of helping struggling farmers  but a regressive tax- a Sheriff of Nottingham
extortion from the poor to the rich.


It has nothing to do with food security – One million pony
paddocks qualify for some £30million . 
Preserving the countryside and the wildlife  is the business of Defra and  the RSPB-not CAP -  (yet that Charity with a £15million membership
fund gets an additional £1million from CAP annually.


It is all on show  at


These claimants are already landowning millionaires and
after dipping you pockets for thirtyseven years are also  CAP millionaire- privateers.




CAP  is funded not by
EU but out of UK
taxes and costs the British taxpayer £3.3billion in 2009 .

This is an increase of 
23 per cent over 2008  and in 2010
will increase again, and in 2011…


CAP DOESN’T GO TO tractor driving FARMERS 

£19milllion went to sugar /bio-fule brokers Czarnikow. 

Unilever, Nestle, RSPB, Nat West bank, distillers, get




CAP was designed to compensate low paid agricultural workers
for the wage levels obtainable in industry. 
This is the rationale explicitly stated in the Treaty of Rome. CAP was a
political deal  to reward working French
farmers then paid in shaky French francs, from the proceeds of rock solid
German industry  paid in the mighty
Deutschmark., to make a fledgling European economic community less lop sided.

CAP is the price post-war Germany
paid  for rehabilitation into the community
of nations.  When UK
later joined the EEC in 1973 the Conservative land lobby in Britian  ensured that the payments went to  bulk landowners  and to agribusinesses and subverted the
rationale of the CAP.

 Since then , in UK
the` number of  workers in agriculture
and the number of small farms has declined rapidly  , land prices have rocketed  and CAP payments have increased and are still
increasing. .   CAP is a fiercely regressive
and largely unreported  tax  and is defended by the land lobby- hear the NFU
on Radio Four’s ‘Farming Today’ and read all about it in the press. 


The solution is either to cap CAP, at some £12,000 per means tested individual , or to  cut out CAP
altogether, or to cut and run from E.U.THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. It is paid by Rural Payments Agency of Defra, from the UK revenue account. Dont send out the cheques. Alternatively quit Europe since the membership fee at £10billion too high.  We are not slaves!  


One of the unexpected (o r intended) effects of pumping
£billions annually into land ownership for thirty seven years  has been to increase the price of land.


A large proportion of new houses are built on former farm
land  . 
The huge development of some 2,500`projected houses at Poundbury  in Dorset is being
built on the 400 acres of  former
Poundbury and Middle Farms owned by the Duchy of Cornwall

Where the cows were grazing some months  ago. 
Several more streets of houses in Prince of
  Wales Road, Lancaster Road, Duke
  Road, and Sandrigham Road
surround the old farmhouse of the Prince of Wales’ Fordington Farm, now within Dorchester


This connection between the inflated price of farmland
caused by CAP suggests one solution.

Replace the Sheriff’s CAP tax with a Robin Hood tax raiding
the unused landbanks of giant inefficient housebuilders like the Duchy of
Cornwall and selling the land to  self
builders eager to self supply the houses that the big builders are reluctant to
build in sufficient quantities and at accessible prices.

Although getting planning permsiion for 2,500 new houses at
Poundbury in 1994, to date only 800 have been completed


It seems bizarre that we reward giant landowners including
inefficient housebuilders from the CAP with some £3.3 billion annually and
spend only £2.7 billion on social housing via 
Housing Revenue Account.


Since self builders finance their own self provided houses
at no cost to the Treasury 

in times of cutting public expenditure Government could cut
the Housing Revenue Account payments and rely on self builders to supply social
houses  as is already happening at a team
self build project in St Minver, Corwall.


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