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  1. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Seann, if I understood him right, a slipper farmer has designed to don the paper wellies in future. Depending on any fluctuation in the conacre rate and the ability of a transferee to draw down a possibly larger entitlement then the transferor, in some cases a slipper farmer’ might be better off than before. One farmer, if my recall is accurate, who had previously paid £280 per acre was forking out £310 this year. A ‘green’ young official may be no match for a crafty farmer :)

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  2. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 9:56 pm

    “The new regulations under discussion have been crafted ..”

    Seann, from a regional political angle and on the basis that a politician’s chief interest is to get elected we can probably assume that the DUP and SF will be unable to reach an agreement. Where does that leave us? Will there be some horse-trading between Brussels, London and Dublin? I’m a little surprised that our esteemed Slugger bloggers haven’t been over this with a fine curry-comb.

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  3. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Seann, I was in conversation with some farmers et al this afternoon; a new term has entered the lexicon: paper wellies :)

    This topic reminded me of a conversation from around this time last year. It can be summarised as: mistakes made by officialdom are administrative errors; mistakes, even simple ones, made by farmers can lead to punitive fines, partly to cover the cost of mistakes made by officialdom :)

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  4. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 1:25 pm

    “how effectively NIEA will be able to police the new rules”

    I hadn’t thought of the NIEA dimension, Seann. Is it not under investigation on charges of gross incompetence? A cut-back in manpower and other issues permitted the destruction of a historic site near Cushendun.

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  5. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Seann, as you can see, I’m thinking aloud! I imagine loads of sheep in overnight transit. A lowland farmer could purchase some mountain land, re-fence where necessary and take his sheep for a jaunt to the hills to appear on DARD candid camera. There are yarns which indicate that this might not be a completely novel activity, even if they technology has changed. I suppose some jaunts could even be cross-border :)

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  6. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Seann, as I understand it, they wouldn’t even have to put sheep on this land, probably just, say, bring in a contractor to do a bit of fencing. As always, there will probably be ways around the system.

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  7. Comment on A tale of two wars (well two divergent accounts of the same war)…
    on 17 April 2014 at 12:45 pm

    “Two conflicting responses”

    Mick, I don’t see how those two quotes are contradictory; they focus on different aspects of the insurgency – as referenced in the second part of your title. Neither Gerry nor Nigel take a wider view.

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  8. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 12:36 pm

    “So off with the slippers, on with the wellies……”

    Seann, why would they need wellies if they only need to own the sheep? ;)

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  9. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Just one small point, Seann, IIRC the value of conacre land fell when the single farm payment was introduced so I suppose it could rise if the entitlements were passed from the transferor to the transferee. More gobbledegook :)

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  10. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 17 April 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for your thoughts, Seann. Much of this is gobbledegook to me :)

    What do you make of the ‘slipper farmer’ observation re.those who own/rent mountain land? You mention gradual step-down but I’m told that the ten-year phase-out could disappear at the stroke of a pen, either in Stormont or in Brussels.

    The bank reference, as I understand it, referred to farmers who had borrowed money on the strength of their entitlements but who could not service this loan on a reduced entitlement. A ten-year period could allow for evolutionary adjustment whereas a simple cut-off could sink them.

    I’m trying to make some sense of the shambles. As it was explained to me, there are several categories of ‘active farmer’, including one that includes the ‘slipper farmer’.

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