Scotland’s Tory gentlemen farmers revealed as moaning subsidy junkies in 2018

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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:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/01/farm-subsidies-blatant-transfer-of-cash-to-rich

 

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6 thoughts on “Scotland’s Tory gentlemen farmers revealed as moaning subsidy junkies in 2018

  1. Ann Forbes March 3, 2019 / 9:30 am

    Tried all your links – all say can’t be found!

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    • Amy March 3, 2019 / 10:16 am

      I clicked on link..and got it ok.

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  2. gavin March 3, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    The English Environment Minister, Michael Gove, suggests farm incomes post Brexit will be based on “public good”. I can only see this as rewarding those landowners who don’t really farm, but have acres of nice “park land” style vista’s in front of Big Hooses—-with some areas open to the public to walk, smell the pretty flowers, and see exotic animals. Some agri-businesses have huge cereal growing farms in the south/east–they will survive without subsidy.
    Much of Scotland/Wales/N England is designated as “less favoured” land, and wont qualify in a million years for scarce money. Say goodbye to upland farming, and say hullo to Sitka spruce plantations.
    I would also suggest a lot of Tory rural MP’s will become scarcer as well.

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  3. Robert Graham March 3, 2019 / 2:42 pm

    Thanks for bringing this little known bit of information to our attention John , it’s something that our fair and balanced media once again missed , The more you scratch the surface the more disgusting the stench of corruption floats to the surface and this current Tory party and government is at its centre, so rotten it defies description, not one thing that comes out of these crooks mouths do I believe Lying and deception comes so easily to this lot , disgusting.

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  4. Contrary March 4, 2019 / 8:44 am

    BBC radio Scotland GMS, were reporting on football behaviour this morning, claiming it indicates a rise in sectarianism – but then had Prof? Tom Devine to comment. I thought, oh no, an academic expert, but, in fact, he said many interesting things – that all the evidence, and he reeled off a fair amount, shows that discrimination was the lowest ever, and this rise in football hooliganism is, in fact, hooliganism – nothing to do with sectarianism, they are repeating words they’ve heard without understanding (I’m simplifying and paraphrasing here) – the sectarian aspect is just being FUELLED BY THE MEDIA.

    Just like the media is telling us lies and fuelling dissatisfaction regarding strikes/employment issues (do YOU really know why college lecturers are unhappy?) and our health service, they are in fact fuelling the epidemic of sectarianism that is not as bad as it seems – football violence is hooliganism, and you’d think the media would report it as such,,, if they were reasoning human beings.

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