I hear the talk about “environment” and “countryside” on one side, on the other I hear talk of “productivity”. Farming remains Britain’s biggest industry and farm production remains a fundamental component of the national economy. If, for the sake of political correctness, the Environment Secretary ignores, or otherwise takes the emphasis off farm production, he does so at the peril of the national economy. Where is common sense? Where is the national vision? Some will remember a White Paper from Peter Walker, Minister of Agriculture; “From our Own Resources”. What on earth has gone wrong with this nation? Where is the vision of production and growth? Where is the statesman who can drive production up so that we can afford the NHS? Without productivity, we are nothing.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, April 18