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If the CAP fits

By Tim King   June 2003

The shepherd gave a cursory look around what had been my home, wondering whether this isolated farmhouse would be suitable for him and his six- year-old son. The only thing he wanted to know was the altitude: 660 metres. “I’ll take it. I’ll get mountain subsidy as well as dry region subsidy on top of basic CAP. With compensation for falling lamb prices and a single parent allowance, the sheep will be purely for show.”

In Britain, the common agricultural policy is usually invoked either as a cure for insomnia or as a goad to Francophobia. It was Jacques Chirac…

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