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Chris Huhne - economic idiot?

WINDFALL TAX ON DUKES' FARM INCOME SHOULD BE CONSIDERED - HUHNE (Chris Huhne MP)

Commenting on statistics released today revealing the beneficiaries of millions of pounds from the Common Agricultural Policy, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary, Chris Huhne MP said:

"The Government should consider a windfall tax on big farm subsidies that would claw some of this largesse back for the taxpayer.

"Subsidies designed to maintain the countryside are one thing, but subsidies to maintain the Dukes of Marlborough, Richmond and Westminster are quite another. These Dukes are quite big enough to fend for themselves now."

Now either Chris Huhne is an economic idiot though with an Oxford first in PPE and the fact that before his political career, he was a City economist, and before that an economic commentator for The Guardian, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, that is probably unlikely; or worse he is prostituting his knowledge in a base attempt to win favour with the envious and grasping.

If subsidies are being paid per acre to maintain the countryside why does the owner's name or acreage matter? - and if you look at the list of payments their Lordship's names aren't even very high - page one is below the fold.
I guess the largest claimer, Business Link in Devon are acting as agents for lots of small farmers but No.2 on the List with £2.6 million is the good old Co-op - the same one as you used to shop from and get your divi stamps - why isn't Huhne picking on it?

(Disclosure - To my shame I'm on page 278 out of 287)

Customer Payment Region
BUSINESS LINK DEVON AND CORNWALL LTD £3,048,002.62 Devon
FARMCARE LIMITED £2,601,757.56 North Yorkshire
YORKSHIRE RURAL COMMUNITY COUNCIL £1,788,011.61 North Yorkshire
STRUTT & PARKER (FARMS) LTD £1,635,134.45 Essex
BUSINESS LINK SOUTH YORKSHIRE £1,586,929.29 South Yorkshire
DUCHY COLLEGE HOME FARM £1,524,165.29 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
MEAT AND LIVESTOCK COMMISSION £1,500,000.00 Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
SOUTH WEST TOURISM £1,437,122.01 Devon
TAMAR FOODS (A DIVISION OF SAMWORTH BROTHERS £1,418,697.56 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
CORNISH HORTICULTURE ENTERPRISES LIMITED £1,308,487.77 Devon
LILBURN ESTATES FARMING PARTNERSHIP £1,264,202.95 Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
ALBANWISE LTD £1,247,065.46 East Anglia
SIR RICHARD SUTTONS SETTLED ESTATES £1,117,139.97 Inner London
CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL £1,084,969.45 Cumbria
PARKERS OF LEICESTER LTD £1,073,529.62 Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire
FOREST OF DARTMOOR COMMONERS ASSOCIATION £1,058,202.65 Devon
BLANKNEY ESTATES LTD £986,594.86 Lincolnshire
AGRESERVES LTD £947,639.48 East Anglia
THURLOW ESTATE FARMS £906,406.27 East Anglia
KENSEY FOODS DIVISION OF SAMWORTH BROTHERS L £871,918.68 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
LIMESTONE FARMING CO. LTD. £864,310.45 Lincolnshire
RSPB £850,720.69 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
WARTER PRIORY FARMS £807,284.48 East Riding and North Lincolnshire
THE BIRDSALL BEEF CO LTD £770,588.42 North Yorkshire
ELVEDEN FARMS LTD £743,211.23 East Anglia
OLDE ENGLISH MEATS LTD £665,886.60 Lancashire
COMPTON BEAUCHAMP ESTATES LIMITED £638,032.68 Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
J S R FARMS LTD £634,969.79 East Riding and North Lincolnshire
MR R COLLINGWOOD-SMITH £634,843.22 East Anglia
MR RMR WINGFIELD £633,538.74 Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset
TASTE OF THE WEST LTD CORNWALL £626,590.52 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
LORD RAYLEIGHS FARMS LTD £618,083.51 Essex
ROBINSON FARMS (CARBROOKE) LTD £603,373.58 East Anglia
R J & A E GODFREY £594,909.80 East Riding and North Lincolnshire
LOVEDEN ESTATES LIMITED £589,191.30 East Riding and North Lincolnshire
THE NATIONAL TRUST £583,360.10 Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
HEATHPATCH LTD £582,707.83 East Anglia
H R PHILPOT & SON (BARLEYLANDS) LTD £574,359.20 Essex
R H TOPHAM & SONS LTD £568,519.64 East Anglia
WORKING WOODLANDS HOLDINGS LTD £560,491.39 Devon
HR BOURN AND SONS £553,646.77 Lincolnshire
MERSEY FOREST COMPANY LTD £553,502.00 Cheshire
ISLE OF WIGHT ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP LIMITED £548,858.89 Hampshire and Isle of Wight
WESTCOUNTRY RIVERS TRUST £540,629.67 Devon
BECKHITHE FARMS LTD £538,635.95 East Anglia
FOLD HILL FOODS LTD £531,644.38 Lincolnshire
SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL £529,030.33 South Yorkshire
MIDDLETON AND PORTWAY FARMS £517,930.94 Hampshire and Isle of Wight
THE NATIONAL TRUST £517,417.01 Surrey, East and West Sussex
I KEMSLEY FARMS LTD £515,486.37 Kent
BLENHEIM FARM PARTNERSHIP £511,435.59 Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
WALDERSEY FARMS LTD £502,855.33 East Anglia
WILLOUGHBY FARMS LTD £500,409.41 Lincolnshire
HEATHCOTE FARMS LTD £497,793.83 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
TRADITIONAL NORFOLK POULTRY £496,282.50 East Anglia
M.D. HAMILTON FARMS LTD £490,296.87 Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
BEDFORDIA FARMS LTD £490,246.25 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
FT WALTON £478,688.35 Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
LONGFORD FARMS LTD £476,587.66 Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset
RAMSBURY ESTATES LTD £473,141.43 Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset
MERCER FARMING LTD £466,175.13 Shropshire and Staffordshire
STOWELL PARK ESTATE LTD £464,720.32 Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset
JH HEATH LTD £463,594.73 Lincolnshire
AW SMITH & SONS LTD £462,009.58 Lincolnshire
THORPE AND ASGARBY ESTATE LIMITED £459,708.41 Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire
EARL OF PLYMOUTH ESTATES LTD £459,171.99 Shropshire and Staffordshire
RIBBLE VALLEY B C £457,098.00 Lancashire
MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE FEC £456,677.18 Lancashire
THE GOODWOOD ESTATE COMPANY LTD £456,404.51 Surrey, East and West Sussex
BUCKMINSTER FARMS £454,509.96 Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire

Comments

Mr Huhne is simply trying to protect the poor peasants from the depradations of the landowning capitalist classes. Bastards like the National Trust and the RSPB or even Sheffield City Council.

By the way wasn't Thingy, the ex-Home Sec with the dog and the girlfreind(s), leader of Sheffield City Council at one point? I always knew that 'socialist' act was just a front.

RM

With regard to Goodwood: as is not uncommon, the Duke of Richmond's son actually runs the operation over there. I've heard that the golf course is the friendliest, most welcoming around because of Lord March. The others being stuffed full of the badge and blazer brigade.

bad luck on being so far down on the list - what is the view from below like? :) E.

how do you justify large farmers such as the multi-billionaire, lord westminster recieving £900,000? does he need it? it takes 900 homes council tax to pay for his pocket money...a small town.

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