As Mick noted yesterday, MEP Ian Paisley was characteristically undiplomatic in his statement in defence of the contentious farm subsidies that flow from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. And the Irish Government agrees, unsurprisingly.. RTE reports that Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Couglan, described the current arrangements as sacrosanct and that “any dilution would be vociferously opposed by Ireland”… Hmm.. sacrosanct? Really? Update Interesting quote from Angela Merkel, possibly successor to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder – “It isn’t fair to say that agricultural subsidies are sacrosanct, but we demand flexibility from the other side.”. Heh. Update again Thanks to About EU.. we wouldn’t want to leave anyone out of the commonality.