james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 27 21:46:32 BST 2012
Following to-days BBC Radio Farming Today programme I sent this off to the presenter, Charlotte Smith:
We hear, Four EU countries are transferring funds from rural development budget to direct payments to farmers.
That means 23 counties out of 27 are complying with Peter Kendall's (president of NFU)
condition that all countries do the opposite and he too will support
cutting direct payments . What planet does he, (and Charlotte Smith)
This listener for one 'didny come doon the Clyde in a wheelbarry'.
What a weak reason for the NFU to oppose proposed cuts to Single Farm Payments etc.
And the four countries he quoted ?
Spain and Lithuania, and Bulgaria and Rumania .
How crucial are the last three in determining CAP policy?
Once again Farming Today give air time to an interest group.
Why dont you tell listeners Peter Kendall gets £400,000 a year from taxpayers?
Its called declaring an interest .
The money does not come from Europe as PK said but is £3.4bn
returned of the £10.3 bn annual UK membership fee paid unknowingly by BBC
listeners , but returned not to taxpayers but to 175,000 mostly millionaire landowners.
His argument can be reversed. An unfavourable exchange rate for UK
receivers of CAP could completely change at any time to reward CAP
receivers even more. This is a much more likely scenario with a collapsing Euro
currency in view.
NFU's 50,000 members, I calculate, receive £1billion CAP payments each
year. Why don't you ask PK to confirm this and give us his better
informed estimate to listeners? and would expose NFU for what they are- a millionaire landowners lobby.
It is unacceptable that a commercial interest group are given so much unpaid air time, and on BBC, and without declaring their interest, and allowed to promote even greater payments to their members, and put up spurious arguments unchallenged.
Why oh why is it left to me to oppose such money grabbing propaganda
and FT presenters appear uninformed or unwilling to speak truth to
What a poor show.
The March news that Fran Barnes, ex FT producer , now works for NFU confirms my oft
stated complaint that NFU and Farming Today are bedfellows.
Also CS made the statement that "farmers unions are concerned "...(about the 2p perlitre Dairy Crest drop in milk price offered)
Who are these 'farmers unions'? Was the dairy farmer also an NFU member?
Why were listeners not told this ? And listeners should be told NFU is
not a trade union , farmworkers are not represented by NFU - a
trade lobbying group with a £24million annual budget. PK can give you the exact figure- but only if you ask him.
James Armstrong Dorchester . The Land is Ours.
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