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6/22/2005

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But he (Blair) said that modernisation had to come sooner rather than later.

It would be too late to wait until 2014 to change the fact that 40% of the EU budget currently goes on agriculture, for example, he said.

"There is no reason for large transfers of money from countries like Germany and Britain to other rich countries to continue, as was proposed last week."

Last week France's President Jacques Chirac appeared to call the UK stance on farm spending "pathetic" as EU budget talks broke down.
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Sort of like telling the sports fishermen of Newfoundland that, well, the cod are not coming back.

What is sad about Blair's position is that it has to happen at all. Had the French weaned their peasants farmers off the government teat over the last four decades of the Common Agricultural Policy there is every chance that those farmers who remained would be vastly better off.

However, much like rice farming in Japan, the economics of farming in France matter much less than the optics which means that the pathetic Chirac will be going to bat for the absurd farm policies which, without the endless willingness of the Germans, would have bankrupted France thirty years ago.