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Ironically, right after engaging in these deceptions, Monbiot declares himself against Brexit. If Monbiot actually wanted the UK to remain in the EU, he would have not spent time spreading false claims about the CAP and demonising the Union. He would have instead called out the implications of leaving the legal framework protecting farming in Europe.

Since George Monbiot is a Remainer, perhaps he misunderstands how the CAP works and is not wilfully spreading disinformation.

When he says that subsidies goes to big landowners (and he has given specific figures for major UK landowners in his Guardian columns), it's surely a given that the money is paid to an entity that meets all the requirements for active farmer status, regardless of whatever other businesses the ultimate owner might have.

by Gag Halfrunt on Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 at 11:29:46 AM EST
Perhaps yes, UK farmers that do not deserve these subsidies are receiving them. But as I have shown, it is not the EU to blame for it.

The misinformation spread by Monbiot is outright invented. I doubt it is the result of a misunderstanding.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 at 01:42:35 PM EST
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Monbiot is no where near as smart as he thinks on technical issues: he's executed a couple of u-turns recently - nuclear power and eating meat, I think - from prior convictions that, uh, suffered from a lack of evidential support.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 at 02:12:31 PM EST
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