UUP: farmers need to become more militant

Robin Cherry of the UUP reckons that with all the enforced legislative changes in farming and the rising commercial pressures of a globalising market, Ulster’s farmers need to become more militant!

  • la redoute

    Christ thats all we need havnt we enough problems in northern ireland without having to add militant grant loving sons of the earth to the pot.!

  • vespasian

    I can see the pitch forks coming out of the thatch.

    That’s what the EU officials need to free up more grants,a pitch fork up their posterior !

  • aquifer

    Don’t snicker. Agricultural machinery makes for a great road block. Ask Ian Paisley.

    and have you ever tried negotiating with a farmer?

    They should get some lessons in action directe from les french fishermen, or maybe join the local ones, who have little else to do now the cod is gone.

    Can you see it? Ports blockaded, Tractors and combine harvesters barely visible through the orange flare smoke, big men with attitude and hands like shovels facing polite psni civic guards who would hope that they are not ordered to clear the road.

    I reckon they could take half the assembly budget if they got their act together.

  • fair_deal

    My, is their a little known canduidate trying to attract attention to himself with a ‘radical/hardline’ title for a statement but little to back it up in the text of the statement? Surely not.

  • peter

    Well I have yet to see a poor farmer. They all claim poverty while sitting on land worth a fortune and claiming hugh EEC subsidies.

  • carlosblancos

    “Well I have yet to see a poor farmer.”

    What a ridiculous comment. It’s been well documented that most subsidies go to larger richer farmers and that the CAP has made big farmers richer and smal farmers poorer.

  • carlosblancos

    “Well I have yet to see a poor farmer.”

    What a ridiculous comment. It’s been well documented that more subsidies go to larger richer farmers and that the CAP has made big farmers richer and smal farmers poorer.

  • Lafcadio

    Farmers need to become fewer, and more commercial

  • George

    South of the border, farmers got over 50% of all the EU money received but account for just 3% of the country’s wealth. I assume it’s the same in NI.

    Carlosblancos is right, over 80% of the cash went to less than 20% of the farmers, the rich large landholders.

    As for the poor farmers, they should start protesting in front of the large farms against the people who stole their money rather than looking to the government.

    In the late 70s farmers came to Dublin protesting by dumping manure etc. even though they paid only 25 million in income tax as opposed to 1.9 billion by PAYE workers.

    I know when they tried to become militant again about 2 years ago and sent their posse to Dublin to try bring the city to a standstill, the Gardai just went out and gave loads of them tickets for not having valid tax discs on their tractors. We haven’t seen them since.

  • maca

    Jaypers, as if ye don’t have enough militants in the feckin country!