Guessing game time. Which EU program is “The most stupid, immoral state-subsidised policy in human history, give or take Communism”? Need a hint? It “uses inefficient transfers of taxpayers money to bloat rich French landowners and so pump up food prices in Europe, thereby creating poverty in Africa.”
It is, of course, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and those indelicate remarks about this bureaucratic mire were made four years ago by Charles Crawford, the then British Ambassador in Poland, in an e-mail to the Foreign Office. The mail was leaked to the Sunday Times and its publication may have had something to do with the fact that Mr Crawford is now working in the private sector.
If you are not already in receipt of CAP largesse for that non-existent olive grove in Greece or those phantom sheep in Ireland and you’d like to see who is raking it in with both hands, farmsubsidy.org may make the remainder of the day more enjoyable. And if the local MEP promises to allocate even more CAP loot to your country cousins come June, you can now find out exactly how much they’re already getting. And congratulations to Nils Mulvad, Jack Thurston and Brigitte Alfter for making the EU more transparent with farmsubsidy.org.