Well done to the RSPB, and the Wildlife Trusts, for launching an impressive e-action over the weekend to persuade the Prime Minister to back his Secretary of State and go ahead with a 15% transfer of funds from one part of the CAP (the rather useless part) to another part of the CAP (the rather better part).
We’ll have to see whether David Cameron was having an afternoon snooze or whether he took notice of (according to the RSPB , mid-Sunday afternoon) 124,000 emails to Downing Street. It will be interested to see whether that figure was accurate and by how much it increased in the following hours. The membership of the NFU is 55,000.
Only the NFU were putting themselves about to defend the indefensible current system of handing out taxpayers’ money with basically no strings attached to rich and poor farmers, good and bad farmers, efficient and inefficient farmers. But then we can hardly criticise a union for looking after its members’ selfish interests.
What will David Cameron decide?
And whatever is decided, there may be a few little devils in the details of implementation. Watch this space.