George Eustice was right to suggest that we (for it is our money) should withdraw subsidies from grouse moors. Take a look at this fine crop of burned ground and realise that you are probably paying £56/ha to its owner every year.
That £56/yr certainly pays for the matches needed to set this land alight.
This land is managed for the ‘sport’ of shooting Red Grouse for fun and yet it attracts agricultural subsidies. Do you think that it should continue to be subsidised by you in a post-Brexit world? I don’t, so I wrote to my MP supporting the minister’s plans.
Minette Batters and the NFU need to decide whether they can continue to expect every man and woman in the UK to continue to pay 23p/day into agricultural support if any of that money goes into subsidising this scorched earth. Proper farming? I don’t think so…
These photographs come from the Peak District a few days ago.