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Posts Tagged: Farming
Dan Pitt: Green politics can be deeply Tory – in its sense of conservation, piety, and obligation to those living and dead
Part of settling down and marking time, as Roger Scruton would say, is protecting our environment. Doing so is an unchosen obligation upon us.
Monima O’Connor: Wales’s blanket ban on electronic animal collars was poorly thought-through – England should not copy it
The ban is underpinned by a failure to understand essential differences between two distinct types of device. Pets and people suffer as a result.
To shut off consideration of realistic and achievable ways of supporting the Government’s Brexit objectives would be irresponsible.
But a vote on some form of customs union is coming. Might it become a confidence issue?
Nicholas Daniels: I’ve seen African dictators wreck their countries. Corbyn must be stopped from doing the same to Britain.
I was drawn to work here by the values which I believe can help a struggling economy become more productive: autonomy, hard work, and enterprise.
This logic can be extended to protecting our fisheries, to re-examining our use of fertilisers, to building up flood defences and to our uptake of renewable energies.
Of course Ulster’s trade with the mainland must be protected as top priority, but a degree of flexibility on regulations in a small number of sectors is sensible.
Also: DUP gear up for enhanced role whilst working on border compromise; and Holyrood committee shows its teeth and plunges SNP policy into chaos.
Ideas for the Budget 2) Andrew Lilico: How Hammond can create sovereign wealth funds to invest in housing
Plus: the official measure of inflation should be changed; student funding requires reform; and the Chancellor must prepare for No Deal.
Michael Gove has made a great start at DEFRA, but from farm subsidies to onshore wind there is plenty more the Party can do.
A combination of work permits and a cap would provide proper control, while still allowing flexibility where it is required.
Julian Sturdy: To give farmers a fair deal, the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator should be extended
The current situation is not sustainable, and undermines competition and business development in the food sector to the detriment of both consumers and producers.
The arrogant behaviour of the EU so far, bordering on the deliberately offensive, is a bluff that we need to call.
Rebecca Pow: Managed decline isn’t enough – we must leave the environment in a better state than we found it
The Government has rightly become more ambitious – but there is still further to go.