Have you seen this heartening letter of the week on the Countryside Alliance site: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,59-2001272256,00.html ?For years I have been saying that governments didn't subsidise agriculture through altruism but because they fear food shortages above all other fears. Now someone else has said it! The fact that the EU has totally cocked up the application of subsidies and appears to have completely lost sight of the rationale behind them, thereby creating (temporary) surpluses, is hardly our fault! I think that the trouble is that the requirements for subsidy in each of the member states is so very different that it is not feasible to have a 'common' agricultural policy at all.
As for 'cheap imports' why will they not understand that once our agriculture has been destroyed there will be NO MORE CHEAP IMPORTED FOOD!!!!! We will be vulnerable, as a country, to any form of blackmail there is. We, as a nation, take our food supply for granted, yet it is not half so secure as we are led to believe. To sacrifice our agriculture on the alter of short-term cheap imports is LUNACY! Mark my words!