That such wide-scale misuse of taxpayers' money should continue unchallenged for so long reveals the strength of the land-owning lobby both inside and outside Parliament. Sir Simon Gourlay's claim that farmers have a right to subsidies shows just how deeply ingrained the 'hand-out culture' has become among a group that once considered itself fiercely independent.
The only rational solution to this absurd and anti-social policy is to phase out farm subsidies as soon as is practicably possible. To introduce a new subsidy as a 'bribe' for giving up existing subsidies would be to throw good money after bad.
Staple Fitzpaine, SomersetReuse content