82% of the total income from farming came from subsidies in 2018. 82%!
We’re grateful to Gentleman John Scott, Tory MSP, Ayr for this information as he campaigns for the interests of his constituents; the ones who are farmers that is. You’ll see above he’s worried about a decline in their benefits.
Now, no doubt there’s a reason or two for these subsidies but, at that level, are these businesses even vaguely viable under any kind of free-market ideology? If they’re small concerns helping to keep communities alive, providing jobs, then maybe there’s a case of some sort, but are they? Well, no, not even vaguely. Read on below for the truth of the matter. Farm subsidies are just another transfer of wealth from the tax-paying majority to the rich: