Everyone says that the redesign of agriculture policy post-Brexit is a big opportunity. And so it is.
You can make this as complicated as you like, and it is complicated in reality, but let’s start by making it simple whilst not losing the gist of what it’s all about.
Currently we taxpayers ‘invest’ £3,000,000,000 per annum into farming – £3bn. Let’s say £2.4bn per annum is paid to farmers as income support and £0.6bn per annum is paid to farmers in return for being nice to the environment…
Here’s a plan for the future, each year:
- give back £1bn to the taxpayer and The Treasury
- pay £1bn to farmers as income support
- increase environmental spending to £1bn
I’ll be coming back to this scheme during the week (and I’ll be coming back to Hen Harrier Day and our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting too, don’t you worry).