Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • IF YOU ask an obscure question, you can expect to get a confused answer but that seems to be the norm these days when 'consultations' on controversial issues are published.

  • Well would you believe it - it's Tuesday, July 21, and the sun is actually shining!

  • IF THERE is no sign of a weather improvement all the way up the West of Scotland, and that is not taking into account the disastrous situation in Orkney, then we are heading for a repeat of 2012 or maybe 1985, again!

  • I WAS going to say that it's not often that the farming community could have given some advice to the Prime Minister - but I guess there's likely to be a lot of people out there who would argue that the world might be a better place if we could do this on a daily basis.

  • I NOTICED Hugh heading out of the steading the other morning with a bottle of calcium and a syringe, not a usual sight around the longest day.

Letters

Letters

  • Sir, - I have lived, done business and socialised among the English now for 25 years and I can honestly say I have, in the main, found them to be decent and tolerant people.

  • SIR, - The announcement recently that the proposed merger of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) with the University of Edinburgh was not to go ahead has important implications for many of SRUC's functions.

  • Sir - Well done on an excellent leader in last week's issue.

  • SIR, - There are two issues regarding your leader comment on rewilding.

  • SIR, - My husband and myself have a small farm in Caithness where we have breeding sheep.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • WHATEVER WAY you look at things, the financial fortunes of farming are not good.

  • As financial events have unfolded in Greece we have focussed on them to the exclusion of something potentially more serious going on in one of the most important countries for global agriculture.

  • THE European Commission and its and member states - whether they are part of the 19 in the eurozone on not - are now in uncharted waters.

  • IN THE week that it is, it is difficult to write about anything to do with Europe without mentioning events in Greece and the eurozone.

  • ANYONE WHO met the EU farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, during his visit to Scotland is likely to have been impressed.

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