Keir Starmer urges government to buy more food from British farmers
23/02/2021 | news | politics | 511
Sir Keir Starmer is the first Labour leader to address the farmers' union since 2008.
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23/02/2021 10:38:57 34 30
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The Tories love the countryside because they own it and like building houses on it.
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23/02/2021 10:41:41 24 15
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From you own hand on this site;

'Respect comes from having a detailed understanding of the issue and not resorting to jingoistic posturing.'
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23/02/2021 10:52:46 8 5
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Do people really believe these silly stereotypes?
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23/02/2021 10:54:46 7 6
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Its labour who want to build over every green space so that they can house all the worlds economic migrants!
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23/02/2021 16:26:24 0 1
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People need houses to live in, more people more houses.
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23/02/2021 10:40:16 68 21
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Seems reasonable, lets just watch people complain anyway because it's labour making this suggestion
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23/02/2021 11:09:21 9 53
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Its reasonable for people in cities who dont live in nice rural areas to subsidize the broadband in rural areas? How about people in rural areas subsidize those living in cities by planting trees in cities or allowing homes to be built in the rural areas so people can share the nice scenery? This is just Labour trying to win votes, its not in the slightest bit fair to anyone.
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23/02/2021 13:21:13 6 0
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I will back an idea/suggestion based on its merits NOT because it's a particular party or person putting it forward.
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23/02/2021 14:03:54 1 3
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In one way i agree, that Labour will be blamed even when they cannot effect change.

On politics shows yesterday, Sir Keir Starmer was reported to have not called for the resignation of Matt Hancock over the cronyism, not publishing the contracts. He was backed up by M. Hodge.

It was this behaviour that really did make me think - if something so blatant is not called out, what are Labour for ?
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23/02/2021 16:21:19 0 1
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The only people who seem to be highlighting it was a Labour suggestion are people like you, crying when there has been no foul.
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23/02/2021 10:38:57 34 30
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The Tories love the countryside because they own it and like building houses on it.
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23/02/2021 10:41:41 24 15
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From you own hand on this site;

'Respect comes from having a detailed understanding of the issue and not resorting to jingoistic posturing.'
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23/02/2021 10:45:58 7 13
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I stated a fact. Sorry if that upsets you.
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23/02/2021 10:41:44 7 13
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The same farmer's who John McDonnell would like to have collectivised ?
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23/02/2021 10:47:39 4 7
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You mean old McDonnell wants a farm.

Ey eye ey eye oh.

And on thst farm nothing grows.

Eye eye eye eye oh.
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23/02/2021 10:40:02 84 14
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Buy local buy British support the UK.
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23/02/2021 11:00:14 18 61
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Aye I miss the days when the local farmer was the richest person for miles, we need to get back to those days as soon as possible. Having to compete for customers is terrible and should never have been allowed, we are all to blame for making farmers lives so hard. Wait, what, this is a capitalist country and competition is good? that sucks for Labours blatant attempt to buy votes from rural UK.
Stock Market crashes in 1929 caused a slump in world economies, similar to what Covid-19 is doing at present. What followed was the decade long Great Depression. That was caused by nations becoming insular and protectionist in relation to trade.
While "Buying British" may seem like an obvious route to economic recovery, it is in fact self-defeating. International trade grows economies.
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23/02/2021 13:11:02 6 1
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Generally, agree, but where can I buy British N'duya?
Seriously, I buy fresh locally produced food where possible, but our climate rules out much produce.
Apart from homegrown tomatoes, British hydroponically grown tomatoes are tasteless.
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24/02/2021 00:01:55 0 0
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First take a good hard look at what's in your cupboard's, then take a look at your own driveway and those of all your neighbours and then count how may UK vacations each of you had in the last 5 years!! Then inventory all electrical / electronic items in household, count UK origin!
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23/02/2021 10:41:55 3 8
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To save the biodiversity of the UK & the world we need to intensify farming & have unbiased research to help farmers.

Having Sir Kea parroting the usual mantras dont help. Research below does:

https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/new-research-challenges-scientific-orthodoxy-on-the-role-of-grazing-livestock-in-relation-to-emission-reduction-targets/
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23/02/2021 11:15:39 1 1
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The biodiversity of the UK matters to the average voter because? Remember the average voter lives in a mid terrace house in a big city with no garden... their world is not biodiverse right now so there is little to maintain. They may want their children to have the option to explore, then again their children will be so burdened with debt they wont have the time to do anything but work.
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23/02/2021 10:43:10 7 20
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Labour should stick to the things they know about - Trades Unions & organising strike ballots. Leave food production to the grownups.
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23/02/2021 10:45:43 10 4
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I would not vote Labour. But this is an example of their doing their job as an opposition party.
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23/02/2021 10:55:30 2 2
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Totally agree. Try British cheese and wine. They are really good.
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23/02/2021 10:43:34 7 18
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Shouldn't the government be aiming for best value for money, regardless of where the food is coming from?
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23/02/2021 10:46:32 11 7
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Of course not. Their job is to support British people.
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23/02/2021 10:53:50 3 3
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No.
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23/02/2021 10:43:15 65 21
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We all need to buy more British goods. It will benefit our farmers and manufacturers and reduce pollution from lorries coming from mainland Europe.
We need a "BUY BRITISH" campaign.
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23/02/2021 11:06:40 20 28
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You mean "make british farmers rich again" campaign? Your job we can outsource to India and thats fine but the farmers, they should make hay while the sun shines! How about we help everyone in this country for a change?
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23/02/2021 11:10:49 7 6
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gullible to the end
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23/02/2021 13:24:52 6 2
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British Rice,?
British bananas?
We don't seem to like most of the Briish fish we catch either; it haa fk. be exported to the EU to support British fishermen.
Who buys Cornish sardines?
I can't even find them outside Cornwall.
Swedes and cabbage, fine.
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23/02/2021 15:27:21 1 0
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Yes I agree we need to buy British where ever possible so we protect UK jobs, we need to take a leaf out of the EU and USA handbooks regarding vehicles and other goods.
Small manufacturers should get support from gov and the people as long as the companies are not taking the wet, and GOV and services should buy British first and only import as a last option, stop purchasing the cheap option
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23/02/2021 18:32:43 0 2
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Buying produce from the near continent often incurs less mileage than home sourced products. Welsh produce to Essex travels further than it would from the Netherlands for example, as would produce from Cumbria to Hampshire.
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23/02/2021 19:53:57 1 0
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Yes because we have soo much manufacturing in this country...

...but only if you compared it to somewhere like the Isle of Man.
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23/02/2021 10:41:41 24 15
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From you own hand on this site;

'Respect comes from having a detailed understanding of the issue and not resorting to jingoistic posturing.'
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23/02/2021 10:45:58 7 13
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I stated a fact. Sorry if that upsets you.
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23/02/2021 10:47:20 13 4
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In what way is that a fact and not your opinion?!
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23/02/2021 10:46:37 3 9
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As the EU continue to put barriers in us exporting food stuffs then the government must set an example of using British produce. The main spanner in the works could be the middlemen. If they might think they can add on a bigger cut for themselves without the competition of imports. They mustn’t be allowed to squeeze farmers and fishermen to give themselves excessive profits.
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23/02/2021 10:53:24 1 2
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Dare I say it, the UK ought to restrict imports from the EU. I know this is childish but we do really need to stop just taking it on the chin. Unless of course the strategy is wait for market forces in the EU to start making demands.
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23/02/2021 11:09:43 1 0
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they are not barriers they are rules, rules that the UK were involved in creating, don't complain now when the rules UK helped create you no longer want to follow
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23/02/2021 11:13:12 1 0
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What barriers? The EU are only implementing what Brexit Britain voted for. You lot voted to leave the customs Union and all that it entailed (ie common recognition of agri standards and welfare standards). The UK is now a 3rd country and like all third countries, it must comply with EU standards for imports to the EU. This was know to be a consequence of leaving the EU customs Union, or was it?
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23/02/2021 10:45:58 7 13
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I stated a fact. Sorry if that upsets you.
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23/02/2021 10:47:20 13 4
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In what way is that a fact and not your opinion?!
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23/02/2021 10:41:44 7 13
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The same farmer's who John McDonnell would like to have collectivised ?
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23/02/2021 10:47:39 4 7
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You mean old McDonnell wants a farm.

Ey eye ey eye oh.

And on thst farm nothing grows.

Eye eye eye eye oh.
SCRAP THE DEAL!!

WTO NOW!!

FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY FOR THE UK!!
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23/02/2021 11:07:18 3 0
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wake up and stay aff the drugs pal...
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23/02/2021 10:43:10 7 20
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Labour should stick to the things they know about - Trades Unions & organising strike ballots. Leave food production to the grownups.
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23/02/2021 10:45:43 10 4
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I would not vote Labour. But this is an example of their doing their job as an opposition party.
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23/02/2021 10:56:03 0 2
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Nothing new here from Labour.
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23/02/2021 11:17:31 0 2
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Hardly, they dont care about rural areas in the slightest, this is just a ham fisted attempt at winning votes by saying "we care about X" - it didnt go too well for the LIb Dems when they were in coallition, they spent decades telling every community that they cared about them and when judgement day came they had to choose who to support because you cant support everyone.
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23/02/2021 10:43:34 7 18
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Shouldn't the government be aiming for best value for money, regardless of where the food is coming from?
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23/02/2021 10:46:32 11 7
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Of course not. Their job is to support British people.
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23/02/2021 11:19:46 1 2
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No their job is to represent british people and those people dont want to pay over the odds. If you make it mandatory to buy british then prices will just go up and we end up lining the british farmers pockets - I remember a time when farming was very very lucrative... I dont want anyone to be poor but I also dont want anyone to take advantage.
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23/02/2021 11:26:39 1 0
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So if a British farmer offers a product for a hundred pound a ton, and Irish farmer offers the same product, same quality for twenty, the government is duty bound to spend fives times as much as necessary, to support British people?
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23/02/2021 19:51:53 0 0
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Their job is to make sure they keep their job for as long as possible to milk the public's taxes for themselves.
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British food for British tummies
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23/02/2021 11:56:18 9 8
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Ooo! Turnips! Yum-yum!
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23/02/2021 10:38:57 34 30
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The Tories love the countryside because they own it and like building houses on it.
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23/02/2021 10:52:46 8 5
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Do people really believe these silly stereotypes?
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23/02/2021 10:46:37 3 9
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As the EU continue to put barriers in us exporting food stuffs then the government must set an example of using British produce. The main spanner in the works could be the middlemen. If they might think they can add on a bigger cut for themselves without the competition of imports. They mustn’t be allowed to squeeze farmers and fishermen to give themselves excessive profits.
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23/02/2021 10:53:24 1 2
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Dare I say it, the UK ought to restrict imports from the EU. I know this is childish but we do really need to stop just taking it on the chin. Unless of course the strategy is wait for market forces in the EU to start making demands.
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23/02/2021 10:43:34 7 18
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Shouldn't the government be aiming for best value for money, regardless of where the food is coming from?
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23/02/2021 10:53:50 3 3
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No.
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23/02/2021 10:50:57 3 8
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Would have thought that it's only since the new year that contracts don't have to go out to the EU for tendering.

Thanks to Brexit, 'Buy British' can become a reality for our institutions.
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23/02/2021 11:08:37 2 1
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In your dreams, if Truss gets a trade deal with the US, you can bet your bottom dollar that US firms must be allowed to tender for UK contracts. But hey, that's OK isn't it. To you Brexiters, its fine to sell your soul to America and turn your backs on your nearest an largest trading partner. More fool you.
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23/02/2021 11:12:33 0 0
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And a lot of farmers voted for brexit beacuse they assumed it would force people to buy their produce, at higher prices than before. You may be surprised to learn that the people of this fine country dont like being forced to line anyones pockets - I for one am not buying any more british produce than I was pre-brexit.
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23/02/2021 10:51:45 5 12
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Mince and sausages cannot be exported from Britain to NI.

I voted for brexit. I would again tomorrow.

The idea that this rule has to be applied to protect the BA is utter nonsense.
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23/02/2021 11:06:03 4 2
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we are now a third country to the EU, did you not read the small print, its not to protect the BA its to protect the NIP, you voted for this, you now cant complain when the rules kick in and are not happy about it
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23/02/2021 10:52:42 8 9
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Have we not learned from what happened 70 years ago, the enemy tried to starve us into submission, we should now start being more self sufficient, eat seasonal fruit & veg.
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23/02/2021 11:03:55 4 2
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who is the enemy?
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23/02/2021 11:06:25 5 0
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There is no enemy trying to starve us into submission now. The population is 20% larger so self sufficiency is a fantasy. We could all try to eat more sustainable imports though, rather than stuff brought by air freight. This would be a welcome addition to the origin labelling.
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23/02/2021 10:38:57 34 30
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The Tories love the countryside because they own it and like building houses on it.
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23/02/2021 10:54:46 7 6
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Its labour who want to build over every green space so that they can house all the worlds economic migrants!
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23/02/2021 11:13:42 6 8
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typical racist statement
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23/02/2021 17:03:14 1 1
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"Its labour who want to build over every green space so that they can house all the worlds economic migrants!"

That's only if you believe the muck printed in tabloids.
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23/02/2021 10:43:10 7 20
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Labour should stick to the things they know about - Trades Unions & organising strike ballots. Leave food production to the grownups.
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23/02/2021 10:55:30 2 2
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Totally agree. Try British cheese and wine. They are really good.
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23/02/2021 11:08:52 1 1
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But not as good as French or Italian, the wine for definite.
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23/02/2021 10:45:43 10 4
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I would not vote Labour. But this is an example of their doing their job as an opposition party.
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23/02/2021 10:56:03 0 2
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Nothing new here from Labour.
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23/02/2021 10:57:13 14 11
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The Government could start by ensuring more UK grown produce is used in the food parcels supplied to children.

Oh hold on they were reluctant to fund the scheme and those 'frineds' of theirs that were supplying parcels were charging us, the tax payer, £30 a piece when the true cost of the food included was closer to £5.

Ask a question about transparency in Govt - waffle, piffle, silence...
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23/02/2021 10:59:04 2 1
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Ms Batters is in the wrong job. Should be in 10 Downing Street.
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23/02/2021 10:59:58 5 7
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We could easily be self sufficient in food if we wanted

Might not have the range we're used to and there would be a lot more seasonality but we'd be ok. As with so many other great British advantages we have diverse and productive farming land
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23/02/2021 11:21:45 7 0
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Britain has needed to import food since the 18th century
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23/02/2021 11:32:27 0 0
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yeah ok then
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23/02/2021 12:49:45 3 0
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We are not and cannot be self sufficient in food! Guess why there was food rationing in the 1940's?The population is somewhat greater now than it was then! Get your facts right!
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23/02/2021 11:00:02 13 11
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Uk used to be third in the world for agricultural food exports, now its not in the top 10.

Well done Brexit.

1.USA.
2.Netherlands.
3.Germany
4.Brazil
5.France
6.China
7.Spain
8.Canada
9.Belgium.
10.Italy
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23/02/2021 11:08:21 4 1
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When was that?
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23/02/2021 11:45:44 1 0
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Could it be we keep it for ourselves?
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23/02/2021 10:40:02 84 14
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Buy local buy British support the UK.
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23/02/2021 11:00:14 18 61
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Aye I miss the days when the local farmer was the richest person for miles, we need to get back to those days as soon as possible. Having to compete for customers is terrible and should never have been allowed, we are all to blame for making farmers lives so hard. Wait, what, this is a capitalist country and competition is good? that sucks for Labours blatant attempt to buy votes from rural UK.
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23/02/2021 12:37:34 12 2
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Never seen a farmer on a bike as dad used to say
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23/02/2021 12:57:11 2 9
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yes competition is great, but we shot ourselves in the foot with brexit so we may as well just get on with things, yes competition is reduced but at least money will be kept within the UK.... I get you don't like the lack of competition but what else can you do about it, moaning in that manner wont help anyone
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23/02/2021 13:19:24 8 0
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In one way, yes.
We buy our meat from supermarkets, who screw down prices they pay farmers, to the point the farm my family work on gave up beef several years ago, after making a loss on finishing cattle for 3 years.
Sainsbury, Waitrose and .McDonalds to blame in this case.
Witbout subsidies, very few farms would survive; if you object to subsidies, pay the real cost. Not many happy bunnies then.
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23/02/2021 13:34:46 5 3
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Foolish comment. Farming is a 24/7 occupation and is capital and labour intensive. That is the reality.
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23/02/2021 13:59:27 11 5
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What are you talking about , blatant attempt to buy votes, I am a Farmer, I was a member of the Conservative Party for 43 years, I am 88 and I am about to become a member of the Labour Party, I employ 27 people, I am glad to be with Mr Starmer, Boris et al are incompetent and proved to be unlawful as well. The Country needs re balancing, Farming can assist in that, Starmer speaks sense.
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23/02/2021 14:01:23 2 1
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Wait, what, this is a capitalist country and competition is good?

An opinion only, not a fact.
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23/02/2021 16:31:11 4 4
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50 years of anti-innovation Liz?. More English Nationalist tripe oozing from you there. Your party have effectively shafted farming & fishing, so please put a sock in it.
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23/02/2021 20:07:32 1 0
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They are the richest but only by selling off their land for development not the act of farming. It is the only reason they stay on doing it. Waiting for their tun to be made instant millionaires for nothing from the development scam. Not farming. Ban all green field builds. Labour need good principles like that to get anywhere. All got the same rich class mates though. Planning made easy.
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23/02/2021 11:02:09 41 26
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Comment posted by yeah ok, today at 10:52yeah ok
10:52
"British food for British tummies".

Starvation in other words, we have not been able to feed ourselves for well over 100 yrs, get real brexiteers.
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23/02/2021 13:24:51 9 4
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if you press the blue 'reply' you dont need to copy and paste
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23/02/2021 11:02:41 50 12
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Why on earth are we importing bottled water from the EU? Does it not rain in the UK. We have some of the best water in the world here.
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23/02/2021 12:17:12 17 29
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It's called "choice".
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23/02/2021 13:29:33 12 1
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I drink tap water.
If you prefer to drink bottled water, you are overpaid.
But that is your choice.
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23/02/2021 15:50:28 3 1
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Its totally unnecessary to buy bottled water at any time. The tap water here is perfectly safe and has been for years and years. Its a total waste of money to buy bottled water.
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23/02/2021 15:54:53 2 0
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Buxton water, and a good few other ‘UK’ brands are foreign owned. The more you buy the richer the French get.
We need more capital invested in UK companies in general. They make enough but don’t invest it here.
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You want the benifits of living in a rural community then you logically accept the negatives e.g. not so good broadband. Cities generate far more tax per unit area than rural communities and this allows them to spend far more on infrastructure, again per unit area. This is the reason cities exist, its basic economics. Labour dont care about you by the way, you are not a unionized factory worker.
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23/02/2021 11:03:27 2 0
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I thought the UK gov policy was to give out subsidies to turn our farmland into meadows.
Looking forward to seeing this "fairer system" and how it translates to choice, standards and prices for the consumer.
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23/02/2021 11:03:42 1 1
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We, the UK, should grow as well as buy as much of our own food as possible.

This should be given priority over planting trees, over covering fields with solar panels (put them on roofs).

Its good for food security, reducing reliability on imports, and having to transport food less far.
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23/02/2021 12:02:00 3 0
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Dig for Victory!
Switch that light OUT!
Is your journey really necessary?
Watch out in the blackout!
Dont forget we need at least 30,000 east europeans every year for the harvest. Removed
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23/02/2021 11:10:30 8 5
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Only because we pay a million plus brits to do nothing when there is work to be done
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23/02/2021 10:52:42 8 9
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Have we not learned from what happened 70 years ago, the enemy tried to starve us into submission, we should now start being more self sufficient, eat seasonal fruit & veg.
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23/02/2021 11:03:55 4 2
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who is the enemy?
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23/02/2021 11:46:24 0 1
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Covid.
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The "axis of evil" that is Brexit and Covid
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23/02/2021 11:04:20 38 21
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Comment posted by yeah ok, today at 10:59yeah ok
10:59
"We could easily be self sufficient in food if we wanted".

So why have we not done before now, brexit fantasy strikes again.
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23/02/2021 11:05:52 14 4
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Yoonicorn
11:00
"Uk used to be third in the world for agricultural food exports, now its not in the top 10".

When was this?
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23/02/2021 10:51:45 5 12
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Mince and sausages cannot be exported from Britain to NI.

I voted for brexit. I would again tomorrow.

The idea that this rule has to be applied to protect the BA is utter nonsense.
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23/02/2021 11:06:03 4 2
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we are now a third country to the EU, did you not read the small print, its not to protect the BA its to protect the NIP, you voted for this, you now cant complain when the rules kick in and are not happy about it
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23/02/2021 10:52:42 8 9
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Have we not learned from what happened 70 years ago, the enemy tried to starve us into submission, we should now start being more self sufficient, eat seasonal fruit & veg.
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23/02/2021 11:06:25 5 0
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There is no enemy trying to starve us into submission now. The population is 20% larger so self sufficiency is a fantasy. We could all try to eat more sustainable imports though, rather than stuff brought by air freight. This would be a welcome addition to the origin labelling.
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23/02/2021 10:43:15 65 21
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We all need to buy more British goods. It will benefit our farmers and manufacturers and reduce pollution from lorries coming from mainland Europe.
We need a "BUY BRITISH" campaign.
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23/02/2021 11:06:40 20 28
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You mean "make british farmers rich again" campaign? Your job we can outsource to India and thats fine but the farmers, they should make hay while the sun shines! How about we help everyone in this country for a change?
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23/02/2021 13:27:24 7 0
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If you are prepared to pay the price, fine.
How much do you think call centre staff in Bangalore are paid, compared to British call centre staff?
The customer pays in the end.
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23/02/2021 14:45:47 5 0
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"How about we help everyone in this country for a change?"

Good idea, so why not start with farmers who produce something we actually need and are at the start of the food chain, rather than just being a margin adding retailer.
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23/02/2021 16:28:34 0 0
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We even import from Fiji!!
SCRAP THE DEAL!!

WTO NOW!!

FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY FOR THE UK!!
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23/02/2021 11:07:18 3 0
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wake up and stay aff the drugs pal...
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23/02/2021 11:07:22 8 6
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I would like to see the major supermarkets leading on a 'Stock British' campaign - I think the Co-op already do this with their meat. If you go to a Spanish supermarket, 99.9% of all the produce and food is Spanish produced - we should be proud of our produce (and also do more to encourage us to eat the amazing seafood!)
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23/02/2021 11:11:21 4 0
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99.9%?! Where did you get that statistic from?
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23/02/2021 11:00:02 13 11
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Uk used to be third in the world for agricultural food exports, now its not in the top 10.

Well done Brexit.

1.USA.
2.Netherlands.
3.Germany
4.Brazil
5.France
6.China
7.Spain
8.Canada
9.Belgium.
10.Italy
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23/02/2021 11:08:21 4 1
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When was that?
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23/02/2021 10:50:57 3 8
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Would have thought that it's only since the new year that contracts don't have to go out to the EU for tendering.

Thanks to Brexit, 'Buy British' can become a reality for our institutions.
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23/02/2021 11:08:37 2 1
bbc
In your dreams, if Truss gets a trade deal with the US, you can bet your bottom dollar that US firms must be allowed to tender for UK contracts. But hey, that's OK isn't it. To you Brexiters, its fine to sell your soul to America and turn your backs on your nearest an largest trading partner. More fool you.
25
23/02/2021 10:55:30 2 2
bbc
Totally agree. Try British cheese and wine. They are really good.
48
23/02/2021 11:08:52 1 1
bbc
But not as good as French or Italian, the wine for definite.
2
23/02/2021 10:40:16 68 21
bbc
Seems reasonable, lets just watch people complain anyway because it's labour making this suggestion
49
23/02/2021 11:09:21 9 53
bbc
Its reasonable for people in cities who dont live in nice rural areas to subsidize the broadband in rural areas? How about people in rural areas subsidize those living in cities by planting trees in cities or allowing homes to be built in the rural areas so people can share the nice scenery? This is just Labour trying to win votes, its not in the slightest bit fair to anyone.
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23/02/2021 12:55:28 7 1
bbc
What on earth are you on about?

He is saying to buy food from British farmers rather than abroad for our public sector.... either way the money is being spent so why not do it within the UK...
256
23/02/2021 14:02:14 2 0
bbc
You certainly talk rather oddly about Labour trying to win votes, that is their Job by the way, they are a political party, they have made a suggestion and as a Farmer it is a good suggestion, that could really help Farmers and help the Country as a whole at the same time.
372
23/02/2021 16:35:16 1 0
bbc
Go suck on a lemon. Might make you less bitter but by no means more relevant.
453
23/02/2021 19:35:20 0 0
bbc
How about the people in the countryside have a multi £billion underground system built for them?
11
23/02/2021 10:46:37 3 9
bbc
As the EU continue to put barriers in us exporting food stuffs then the government must set an example of using British produce. The main spanner in the works could be the middlemen. If they might think they can add on a bigger cut for themselves without the competition of imports. They mustn’t be allowed to squeeze farmers and fishermen to give themselves excessive profits.
50
23/02/2021 11:09:43 1 0
bbc
they are not barriers they are rules, rules that the UK were involved in creating, don't complain now when the rules UK helped create you no longer want to follow
51
23/02/2021 11:10:15 3 6
bbc
The answer is that the motivation and the necessity for growing our own food wasn't there

A good plan is rearing all our own livestock and temperate crops and then rebuilding trade links with the rest of the world especially the Commonwealth for more exotic produce

EU is surplus to requirements
Dont forget we need at least 30,000 east europeans every year for the harvest. Removed
52
23/02/2021 11:10:30 8 5
bbc
Only because we pay a million plus brits to do nothing when there is work to be done
85
23/02/2021 11:28:06 2 0
bbc
And most of them are on here ^v^
9
23/02/2021 10:43:15 65 21
bbc
We all need to buy more British goods. It will benefit our farmers and manufacturers and reduce pollution from lorries coming from mainland Europe.
We need a "BUY BRITISH" campaign.
53
23/02/2021 11:10:49 7 6
bbc
gullible to the end
45
23/02/2021 11:07:22 8 6
bbc
I would like to see the major supermarkets leading on a 'Stock British' campaign - I think the Co-op already do this with their meat. If you go to a Spanish supermarket, 99.9% of all the produce and food is Spanish produced - we should be proud of our produce (and also do more to encourage us to eat the amazing seafood!)
54
23/02/2021 11:11:21 4 0
bbc
99.9%?! Where did you get that statistic from?
55
23/02/2021 11:11:44 3 4
bbc
So farmers want to diversify into weddings and accommodation. Why not invest in the technology to produce the FOOD that the UK needs???
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23/02/2021 11:49:38 0 0
bbc
Improved connectivity, she will argue, would help farmers diversify their businesses.

They would love to invest in technology, but first they need better broadband to connect to the internet at speeds most people take for granted.
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23/02/2021 10:50:57 3 8
bbc
Would have thought that it's only since the new year that contracts don't have to go out to the EU for tendering.

Thanks to Brexit, 'Buy British' can become a reality for our institutions.
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23/02/2021 11:12:33 0 0
bbc
And a lot of farmers voted for brexit beacuse they assumed it would force people to buy their produce, at higher prices than before. You may be surprised to learn that the people of this fine country dont like being forced to line anyones pockets - I for one am not buying any more british produce than I was pre-brexit.
11
23/02/2021 10:46:37 3 9
bbc
As the EU continue to put barriers in us exporting food stuffs then the government must set an example of using British produce. The main spanner in the works could be the middlemen. If they might think they can add on a bigger cut for themselves without the competition of imports. They mustn’t be allowed to squeeze farmers and fishermen to give themselves excessive profits.
57
23/02/2021 11:13:12 1 0
bbc
What barriers? The EU are only implementing what Brexit Britain voted for. You lot voted to leave the customs Union and all that it entailed (ie common recognition of agri standards and welfare standards). The UK is now a 3rd country and like all third countries, it must comply with EU standards for imports to the EU. This was know to be a consequence of leaving the EU customs Union, or was it?
24
23/02/2021 10:54:46 7 6
bbc
Its labour who want to build over every green space so that they can house all the worlds economic migrants!
58
23/02/2021 11:13:42 6 8
bbc
typical racist statement
79
23/02/2021 11:24:14 4 4
bbc
Typical correct statement!
59
23/02/2021 11:13:50 0 1
bbc
The Governments new agriculture bill seemed more bias to giving landowners money to grow trees and build stone walls.
5
23/02/2021 10:40:02 84 14
bbc
Buy local buy British support the UK.
60
23/02/2021 11:14:13 19 11
bbc
Stock Market crashes in 1929 caused a slump in world economies, similar to what Covid-19 is doing at present. What followed was the decade long Great Depression. That was caused by nations becoming insular and protectionist in relation to trade.
While "Buying British" may seem like an obvious route to economic recovery, it is in fact self-defeating. International trade grows economies.
326
23/02/2021 15:01:23 3 2
bbc
International trade grows economies so explain why Boris Johnson with his Brexit plan cut us off from our biggest market. Maybe he thinks the lamb we normally sell to the EU can now be sold to New Zealand
511
24/02/2021 16:07:25 0 0
bbc
Tell that to Germany!

Germany has been pushing "buy German" and "made in Germany" religiously for 30 years+

Germany now controls Europe.
61
23/02/2021 11:15:11 1 0
bbc
One would have thought this was a given!
6
23/02/2021 10:41:55 3 8
bbc
To save the biodiversity of the UK & the world we need to intensify farming & have unbiased research to help farmers.

Having Sir Kea parroting the usual mantras dont help. Research below does:

https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/new-research-challenges-scientific-orthodoxy-on-the-role-of-grazing-livestock-in-relation-to-emission-reduction-targets/
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23/02/2021 11:15:39 1 1
bbc
The biodiversity of the UK matters to the average voter because? Remember the average voter lives in a mid terrace house in a big city with no garden... their world is not biodiverse right now so there is little to maintain. They may want their children to have the option to explore, then again their children will be so burdened with debt they wont have the time to do anything but work.
63
23/02/2021 11:15:43 4 8
bbc
dearranger
11:03
"Dont forget we need at least 30,000 east europeans every year for the harvest."

NO! We need farmers to pay a fair wage to individuals rather than contract to a Gangmaster at a rate for the job who then rips of migrant labour. We need to make the unemployed who choose benefits as a lifestyle to EARN their way.
67
23/02/2021 11:19:06 5 0
bbc
Just as long as your prepared to pay for the increased prices.
78
23/02/2021 11:23:53 2 0
bbc
Please do not use the first person plural "We" because your comments only apply to your opinion on this matter.
156
23/02/2021 12:49:29 0 0
bbc
Who sets minimum wage - oops uk govt

If you think anyone is paying less and exploiting anyone then you have a moral duty to report them
64
23/02/2021 11:16:19 11 8
bbc
yeah ok
11:10
"The answer is that the motivation and the necessity for growing our own food wasn't there
A good plan is rearing all our own livestock and temperate crops and then rebuilding trade links with the rest of the world especially the Commonwealth for more exotic produce".

As I have said before the UK cannot feed it's self, people are not prepared for rip off prices that are UK prices.
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23/02/2021 13:09:42 6 4
bbc
"rebuilding trade links with the rest of the world especially the Commonwealth for more exotic produce"

Why are Brexiteers so obsessed with the commonwealth? They have vested interests too. Why exchange trade on our doorsteps for trade on the other side of the planet? It makes no sense.
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23/02/2021 18:41:51 0 0
bbc
If Holland can not only feed itself but become one of the biggest net exporters of food, the UK can surely do the same!
The UK can easily feed itself, even with some ‘non-seasonal’ produce, if it developed the right greenhouse infrastructure. Pricing is an issue yes, but logistics is not!
The issue is more to do with attitude, than latitude!
15
23/02/2021 10:45:43 10 4
bbc
I would not vote Labour. But this is an example of their doing their job as an opposition party.
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23/02/2021 11:17:31 0 2
bbc
Hardly, they dont care about rural areas in the slightest, this is just a ham fisted attempt at winning votes by saying "we care about X" - it didnt go too well for the LIb Dems when they were in coallition, they spent decades telling every community that they cared about them and when judgement day came they had to choose who to support because you cant support everyone.
66
23/02/2021 11:17:36 50 17
bbc
Conservative spokeswoman said: "It was Keir Starmer's political games as shadow Brexit secretary that kept us tied to the Common Agricultural Policy" (This page)

This anonymous spokeswoman must know very well that Keir Starmer could do nothing to tie us to CAP, since he had no power to either tie us or free us. All the power was under the control of the Tory Party.
75
23/02/2021 11:22:25 41 5
bbc
"Tied"?, Didn't hear many complaints from farmers and landowners who received monies from the CAP.
Ask Boris's dad.
63
23/02/2021 11:15:43 4 8
bbc
dearranger
11:03
"Dont forget we need at least 30,000 east europeans every year for the harvest."

NO! We need farmers to pay a fair wage to individuals rather than contract to a Gangmaster at a rate for the job who then rips of migrant labour. We need to make the unemployed who choose benefits as a lifestyle to EARN their way.
67
23/02/2021 11:19:06 5 0
bbc
Just as long as your prepared to pay for the increased prices.
68
23/02/2021 11:19:11 2 3
bbc
WhoamI
11:15
dearranger
11:03

"NO! We need farmers to pay a fair wage to individuals rather than contract to a Gangmaster at a rate for the job who then rips of migrant labour".

Yet more D Mail/Express BS.
16
23/02/2021 10:46:32 11 7
bbc
Of course not. Their job is to support British people.
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23/02/2021 11:19:46 1 2
bbc
No their job is to represent british people and those people dont want to pay over the odds. If you make it mandatory to buy british then prices will just go up and we end up lining the british farmers pockets - I remember a time when farming was very very lucrative... I dont want anyone to be poor but I also dont want anyone to take advantage.
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23/02/2021 11:19:51 5 5
bbc
I'll tell you this for free. British milk is by the best in the world

EU milk tastes odd full stop. US milk is a bit better but it has a slightly strange flavour due to its longer shelf life
71
23/02/2021 11:21:38 3 0
bbc
Thanks.
73
23/02/2021 11:22:06 5 0
bbc
US milk is full of growth hormones illegal in EU
87
23/02/2021 11:31:41 1 0
bbc
"It's what Ian Rush drinks."
154
23/02/2021 12:47:05 1 1
bbc
In your opinion

Yet millions of people outside the uk disagree and think uk milk is awful
70
23/02/2021 11:19:51 5 5
bbc
I'll tell you this for free. British milk is by the best in the world

EU milk tastes odd full stop. US milk is a bit better but it has a slightly strange flavour due to its longer shelf life
71
23/02/2021 11:21:38 3 0
bbc
Thanks.
29
23/02/2021 10:59:58 5 7
bbc
We could easily be self sufficient in food if we wanted

Might not have the range we're used to and there would be a lot more seasonality but we'd be ok. As with so many other great British advantages we have diverse and productive farming land
72
23/02/2021 11:21:45 7 0
bbc
Britain has needed to import food since the 18th century
70
23/02/2021 11:19:51 5 5
bbc
I'll tell you this for free. British milk is by the best in the world

EU milk tastes odd full stop. US milk is a bit better but it has a slightly strange flavour due to its longer shelf life
73
23/02/2021 11:22:06 5 0
bbc
US milk is full of growth hormones illegal in EU
74
23/02/2021 10:59:03 33 4
bbc
Watch as the fickle moan at this being a Labour suggestion (even though they agree with it secretly).
Sir Keir Farmer has a knack for stating the obvious.
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23/02/2021 11:17:36 50 17
bbc
Conservative spokeswoman said: "It was Keir Starmer's political games as shadow Brexit secretary that kept us tied to the Common Agricultural Policy" (This page)

This anonymous spokeswoman must know very well that Keir Starmer could do nothing to tie us to CAP, since he had no power to either tie us or free us. All the power was under the control of the Tory Party.
75
23/02/2021 11:22:25 41 5
bbc
"Tied"?, Didn't hear many complaints from farmers and landowners who received monies from the CAP.
Ask Boris's dad.
In MP's "register of interests" Cabinet Minister and farming landowner, Alister Jack received £1.2m from the EU's CAP.
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23/02/2021 13:21:08 4 0
bbc
Or Andrew RT Davies in Wales.
76
23/02/2021 11:22:49 2 6
bbc
This could be the beginning of the end for Labour, they are following the Lib Dems playbook of pretending to value everyone. If they ever get into power they will have to decide who the really support and you can bet it will be unions and factory workers not farmers. The Lib dems ended up taking money from students, why? Because they had to take money from someone.
107
23/02/2021 11:48:19 0 3
bbc
The LibDems have made more than a couple of mistakes, but when a coalition is formed then compromise will happen, ie student fees. They were a brake on the Tories more extreme ideologs. I would hope that they would also be a limit on nu-old-rebranded-Labour policies if LibDems were in coalition with them.

On the whole LibDems are better on farming then Kea 'hindsight' Starmer
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23/02/2021 11:23:02 11 10
bbc
dragonette
11:19

Oh for God's sake go and do some primary research rather than sitting around doing nothing.

Family member works in the modern slavery environment. Gangmasters ripping off migrants is very real. Farmers are complicit.
63
23/02/2021 11:15:43 4 8
bbc
dearranger
11:03
"Dont forget we need at least 30,000 east europeans every year for the harvest."

NO! We need farmers to pay a fair wage to individuals rather than contract to a Gangmaster at a rate for the job who then rips of migrant labour. We need to make the unemployed who choose benefits as a lifestyle to EARN their way.
78
23/02/2021 11:23:53 2 0
bbc
Please do not use the first person plural "We" because your comments only apply to your opinion on this matter.
58
23/02/2021 11:13:42 6 8
bbc
typical racist statement
79
23/02/2021 11:24:14 4 4
bbc
Typical correct statement!
93
23/02/2021 11:36:02 4 4
bbc
stay in fantasy land, we'll live in the real world
80
23/02/2021 11:24:41 2 2
bbc
I think we can all play our part in supporting UK business in these critical times. We have a perfect storm with covid and brexit and both government and people can limit the damage done by reducing rents and rates and buying local.
92
23/02/2021 11:35:01 0 2
bbc
I would hardly call Covid with it's 120,000 deaths, "A perfect storm".
81
23/02/2021 11:25:21 8 5
bbc
Or in other words force the British people to pay more depressing their standard of living in.
82
23/02/2021 11:25:45 2 6
bbc
We use a number of independent farm shops and markets. UK even local produce at prices comparable to the supermarkets but fresher and better tasting.
86
23/02/2021 11:30:47 5 1
bbc
That's all well if you live in a rural or semi rural location, Not much use for the majority of UK residents.
16
23/02/2021 10:46:32 11 7
bbc
Of course not. Their job is to support British people.
83
23/02/2021 11:26:39 1 0
bbc
So if a British farmer offers a product for a hundred pound a ton, and Irish farmer offers the same product, same quality for twenty, the government is duty bound to spend fives times as much as necessary, to support British people?
84
23/02/2021 11:27:34 3 3
bbc
11:23
dragonette
11:19
"Oh for God's sake go and do some primary research rather than sitting around doing nothing.
Family member works in the modern slavery environment. Gangmasters ripping off migrants is very real. Farmers are complicit".

Go on then lets see your evidence to back up your claim. Still coming out with the same old brexiteers lies that you have been doing since 2016.
52
23/02/2021 11:10:30 8 5
bbc
Only because we pay a million plus brits to do nothing when there is work to be done
85
23/02/2021 11:28:06 2 0
bbc
And most of them are on here ^v^
82
23/02/2021 11:25:45 2 6
bbc
We use a number of independent farm shops and markets. UK even local produce at prices comparable to the supermarkets but fresher and better tasting.
86
23/02/2021 11:30:47 5 1
bbc
That's all well if you live in a rural or semi rural location, Not much use for the majority of UK residents.
70
23/02/2021 11:19:51 5 5
bbc
I'll tell you this for free. British milk is by the best in the world

EU milk tastes odd full stop. US milk is a bit better but it has a slightly strange flavour due to its longer shelf life
87
23/02/2021 11:31:41 1 0
bbc
"It's what Ian Rush drinks."
115
23/02/2021 11:57:33 1 0
bbc
Accrington Stanley? Who are they? (Billboy doesn't know...??)
29
23/02/2021 10:59:58 5 7
bbc
We could easily be self sufficient in food if we wanted

Might not have the range we're used to and there would be a lot more seasonality but we'd be ok. As with so many other great British advantages we have diverse and productive farming land
88
23/02/2021 11:32:27 0 0
bbc
yeah ok then
89
23/02/2021 11:33:18 3 6
bbc
dragonette
11:27

"gGo on then lets see your evidence to back up your claim. Still coming out with the same old brexiteers lies that you have been doing since 2016."

Do it yourself. its all in the public domain...
90
23/02/2021 11:29:11 4 10
bbc
Government doesn’t buy food, companies do. I’m sure they will buy British if it’s good value. Aldi do.This is the roll out of Starmers “I’m proud to be British” phase.

Is it really the best Starmer can do? First he want a new form of “war Bond” to pay the debt down. Heaven forbid he asks his rich mates. And now it “ backs to the land” ..the man is clueless. Out of touch with reality.
96
23/02/2021 11:40:48 6 0
bbc
Is it 1945 or 2021?
99
23/02/2021 11:43:44 2 3
bbc
His views which are used to cause further division & envy will not likely ever end up as policy. Not with him being the Labour leader.

Although his views become tiresome he is less dangerous than the alarmists & the eco-zealots.
101
23/02/2021 11:45:09 2 2
bbc
The MOD.?
91
23/02/2021 11:31:08 3 8
bbc
Nice photo of Starmer in what looks like a Beer and wine warehouse. All alone. Starmer doesn’t have a problem social distancing.
95
23/02/2021 11:40:26 4 0
bbc
It's ASDA.
80
23/02/2021 11:24:41 2 2
bbc
I think we can all play our part in supporting UK business in these critical times. We have a perfect storm with covid and brexit and both government and people can limit the damage done by reducing rents and rates and buying local.
92
23/02/2021 11:35:01 0 2
bbc
I would hardly call Covid with it's 120,000 deaths, "A perfect storm".
79
23/02/2021 11:24:14 4 4
bbc
Typical correct statement!
93
23/02/2021 11:36:02 4 4
bbc
stay in fantasy land, we'll live in the real world
94
23/02/2021 11:39:33 4 3
bbc
The government should buy more British food, Sir Keir Starmer will say in a speech to the National Farmers Union conference......for once I agree with Starmer. I am a farmer with a 1500 head herd of Aberdeen Angus. I produce grass fed beef which is world class and animal welfare is exceptional. All Government catering contracts should first and foremost be based on British produce.
Sir Keir Farmer.
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23/02/2021 13:19:37 1 0
bbc
You must have a huge farm of best pasture land to sustain a herd of that size-as in more than 2000 acres min. plus more for winter feed etc!! Also the government does not buy the very best quality beef for schools hospitals etc. Are you really a farmer or just making it up?
91
23/02/2021 11:31:08 3 8
bbc
Nice photo of Starmer in what looks like a Beer and wine warehouse. All alone. Starmer doesn’t have a problem social distancing.
95
23/02/2021 11:40:26 4 0
bbc
It's ASDA.
90
23/02/2021 11:29:11 4 10
bbc
Government doesn’t buy food, companies do. I’m sure they will buy British if it’s good value. Aldi do.This is the roll out of Starmers “I’m proud to be British” phase.

Is it really the best Starmer can do? First he want a new form of “war Bond” to pay the debt down. Heaven forbid he asks his rich mates. And now it “ backs to the land” ..the man is clueless. Out of touch with reality.
96
23/02/2021 11:40:48 6 0
bbc
Is it 1945 or 2021?
75
23/02/2021 11:22:25 41 5
bbc
"Tied"?, Didn't hear many complaints from farmers and landowners who received monies from the CAP.
Ask Boris's dad.
In MP's "register of interests" Cabinet Minister and farming landowner, Alister Jack received £1.2m from the EU's CAP.
118
23/02/2021 12:03:09 9 0
bbc
Like the tag.
98
23/02/2021 11:43:21 2 1
bbc
U.K. gov must act now .All public procurement must be weighted heavily in preference of U.K. suppliers.
All suppliers with links to any subjects under investigation for breeches of U K bribery act or foreign corruption act must be swiftly brought to justice.
146
23/02/2021 12:38:01 3 0
bbc
This applies now and has done fur many years but they have to prove value for money - think blue passports as an example
Brexit won't change this

The bribery and corruption act is a global term in 99% of contracts and a requirement for ALL govt contracts along with modern slavery, counterfeit goods etc - Brexit or no Brexit
90
23/02/2021 11:29:11 4 10
bbc
Government doesn’t buy food, companies do. I’m sure they will buy British if it’s good value. Aldi do.This is the roll out of Starmers “I’m proud to be British” phase.

Is it really the best Starmer can do? First he want a new form of “war Bond” to pay the debt down. Heaven forbid he asks his rich mates. And now it “ backs to the land” ..the man is clueless. Out of touch with reality.
99
23/02/2021 11:43:44 2 3
bbc
His views which are used to cause further division & envy will not likely ever end up as policy. Not with him being the Labour leader.

Although his views become tiresome he is less dangerous than the alarmists & the eco-zealots.
94
23/02/2021 11:39:33 4 3
bbc
The government should buy more British food, Sir Keir Starmer will say in a speech to the National Farmers Union conference......for once I agree with Starmer. I am a farmer with a 1500 head herd of Aberdeen Angus. I produce grass fed beef which is world class and animal welfare is exceptional. All Government catering contracts should first and foremost be based on British produce.
Sir Keir Farmer.