• IT WAS back in 1979 that John McEnroe became the bad boy of tennis with his famous 'you cannot be serious' comment to an umpire.

  • IT IS a big challenge to believe the European Commission when it announces a decision it says is based on science.

  • GOOD NEWS has been scarce in the dairy industry for a long time, but the Fonterra auction this week in New Zealand will have produced a global and collective sign of relief from dairy farmers.

  • IT IS a familiar claim from children that punishment is not fair - and many in Scotland will have said that when it was hit with disallowances for problems with CAP implementation.

  • ANY DECISION on genetically modified crops is always controversial.

  • IT WAS no surprise that an Irish farm commissioner would choose a conference in Dublin to come out fighting for farmers - but if he turns what he said into action, Phil Hogan will go down as a politician that understands farmers.

  • IT IS one of the harsh realities of life that it seems an increasingly short time from writing what a New Year will bring, until it is round again - this time last year all the talk was of the detail of CAP reform.

  • AS A year, 2014 will be remembered by farmers for both good and bad - the weather was kind, but it brought a big reversal in financial fortunes, underlining that volatility is a problem the industry will have to tackle if it is to move out of boom and bust cycles.

  • THIS IS the season when we should be banishing pessimism.

  • IT MIGHT be another European Commission fudge, but it now seems that the CAP crisis reserve for 2015 has been left intact.