Saturday, August 25

Three cheers for the Kiwis

Our congratulations to New Zealand farmers -who said that the Commonwelth sprit is dead. Considering how much we stuffed New Zealand farmers when we joined the Common Market way back in 1972, yesterday's gesture was pretty generous.
The news is that New Zealand lamb producers have taken the extraordinary step of suspending their UK marketing activities out of sympathy for foot and mouth restricted British farmers.
The Kiwis – traditionally fierce rivals – will not undertake any promotional activity in the UK until next February to allow the UK lamb sector to recover from the foot-and-mouth outbreak.
One wonders whether, had the French (our EU cousins) been in a similar position, they would have been so generous to British farmers.

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