Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • SPRING MAY have been a little late this year, but when it arrived it certainly burst out all over in this part of the world – between May 7 and 9 the countryside changed from a bleak grey to the 40 shades of green, showing a surprising growth in so few days.

  • SOME books are read once, some not even that – and some again and again! In the last category, for me anyway, is ‘Farmers Glory’ by AG Street.

  • THE following transcript, handed in anonymously to the offices of The Scottish Farmer, comes from a security tape recorded at an undisclosed address in Edinburgh (one as unlike the Scottish Parliament building as our lawyers can make it - Ed) and gives one half of a desperate telephone conversation made in recent days.

  • In May, 2015, I wrote: ‘At a time of increasing austerity (and with more to come now the Tories are back in government), civil servants should be banned from implementing large-scale IT projects in the public sector for the sanity of their customers (us), and the taxpayers (us) who pick up the bill for this type of serial incompetence. 
  • AS I write this, the sun is currently shining in Aberdeenshire, however, judging by the forecast the days ahead will bring an abrupt end to a fairly settled spell that has produced a flurry of field work.

Letters

Letters

  • SIR — During the war, my father, along with many others, fought for the right to be able to put a X on a voting ballot, and vote for the government he wanted.

  • SIR, – If Britain votes to stay in the EU on June’s Referendum, British law, known as Habeus Corpus – proven over time to be the best and the fairest legal system in the world; practised in the US, Canada, Africa and Commonwealth countries – will be no more.

  • SIR, – According to the ‘in-siders’, if we left the EU our pay would drop by thousands of pounds a year, food prices would rocket, jobs would vanish, the value of our homes be halved, trade would stop, we would be invaded by terrorists, no one would be able to go abroad on holiday, universities would shut, scientists would be unable to work, even World War Three would break out by the end of the year... on and on goes the list of disasters they predict.

  • SIR – The former French prime minister, Georges Clemanceau, is credited with saying “warfare is too important to be left to military men”.

  • SIR, – Today, people are only concerned with two commodities, food and money. So we have two type of farmers – ones producing food and ones cultivating money.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • WITH LESS than a month to go to the referendum on EU membership, the campaign has taken on a more vicious edge.

  • THE EUROPEAN Commission is doing its best not to alienate farmer voters in the UK in the run up to the June referendum. This is part of the reason for the farm commissioner Phil Hogan mounting something of a charm offensive in support of the CAP.

  • AS COMMISSIONERS go, it would be hard to come across one more genial than the farm commissioner, Phil Hogan. He has the easy style of someone who cut his teeth in Irish politics, and when dealing with farmers has the bonus of having grown up on a family dairy farm.

  • DESPITE the gloss people sometimes try to put on it, in reality there is little prospect of farmers and environmentalist activists ever seeing eye to eye. 

  • IF THERE are ever sweets on the table of a European Commission meeting, there could be only one possible choice.

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