The Government has found the right answer with its nature-friendly farm subsidies, replacing the EU’s failed Common Agricultural Policy. But more incentives are needed.
Whether it is his thoughts on Bovine Tuberculous, planning policy, or the Soil Police, he is highlighting important issues that are facing the 11 million of us that live in the countryside.
New schemes will deliver on many fronts: income opportunities for farmers, a more resilient food system, and a healthy natural environment for us all.
Instead of listening to what Scotland can’t do without Brussels, I want our government to start talking about the opportunities on our doorstep.
Can have a bold enough economic policy that people in these newly gained seats can see the difference in five years’ time?
Most of the sound and furore about making it happen is all about means, but there has been virtually no debate about the ends.
Precisely because it would be a rather unnecessary addition to the current deal, it is hard to argue that the proposal would be a disaster for Brexit.
I voted for the Prime Minister’s deal today. But the Commons didn’t – and we now all need a positive alternative.
We have secured legally-binding changes which address MPs’ concerns about the need to protect the UK from being stuck in the backstop against its will.
At the moment, there are many areas where farmers cannot use new technologies. These will increasingly feed not only our consumers but also the world’s poorest ones.
It amounts to wishful thinking, not a workable, sustainable answer. And it’s not as easy to implement as some of its advocates make out.
Were it not for the backstop, May’s deal would get over the line – with support from an overwhelming majority of Conservatives, including us.
Norway-to-Canada was one thing. Norway-plus-the-backstop is another. It is inferior even to the Prime Minister’s proposed deal.