Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Bonuses For Failure
So despite the fact that they've bogged up those farm payments - costing taxpayers hundreds of millions - and despite the fact that they may well work in Britain's very worst department, the bureaucrats at Defra have still paid themselves £4.3m in staff bonuses - up 27% on the previous year.
The ludicrous Lord Rooker has just told the nation on R4 PM that "only four" of the senior staff who got bonuses were actually involved in the Rural Payments Agency fiasco. Only four! The thing is My Lord, we want to know why any of them got paid out.
His Lordship also took the opportunity to tell us that farming subsidies aren't called subsidies any more - they're now "fees for managing the countryside".
So let me just reiterate: I don't want to pay any fees for managing the countryside.
Like I said before, I want all the uneconomic farms to be sold to rich investment bankers. They're loaded, and will happily pay up to reinstate the picturesque countryside of Olde England. No more agrichemicalindustrial farming or pongy pig farms. Just gentlemen farmers, and Jemima Puddleduck and Larry the Lamb grazing peacefully in the lightly dappled sunshine.
Fortunately, that's exactly what's happening, with around half of all farm sales now going to non-farmers (see here).
Which means we can not only ditch the subsidies: we can also ditch Defra.
Posted by Mike D at 5:50 pm