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David TC Davies demands meeting with Minister to discuss farming subsidies crisis

28 Feb 2024 4 minute read
Protesting farmers with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Welsh Conservatives. Photo Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Martin Shipton

Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies has demanded a meeting with Lesley Griffiths, the Welsh Government’s Rural Affairs Minister, to discuss the controversial proposals to change farming subsidies.

He said: “Farmers are the custodians of the land and put food on our table. It’s absolutely ridiculous that Labour want to potentially force them to forfeit 20% of their land for tree planting and other schemes. Having spoken to concerned farmers I’ve written to the Welsh Government Minister asking her for an urgent meeting to understand why Labour is even considering this policy. I’m also appalled that a senior Labour MS has referred to farmers as ‘cranks’.”

Consultation

Mr Davies has yet to receive a response from Ms Griffiths, who said at the weekend that changes will be made to the proposals following protests. But she wouldn’t go into detail, saying she wanted to hear “all the responses” to the public consultation that runs until March 7.

Under the proposed Sustainable Farming Scheme, 10% of agricultural land will be planted with trees and a further 10% will have to provide a quality habitat for wildlife..

Ms Griffiths told BBC Wales: “Officials are already saying to me, ‘there will have to be changes made’ but I want to look at it holistically. We need all those responses. We need all the feedback and we need to look at what can be done.”

The tree planting is aimed at combating climate change.

Posting to X, former Labour Cabinet Minister Alun Davies, the MS for Blaenau Gwent, posted to X a picture of protesting farmers with Prime MinisterRishi Sunak during a visit he made to Wales last week.

Conspiracy theories

The Observer revealed how Mr Sunak had attended a protest alongside a group which has posted conspiracy theories about climate change, and which campaigns against net zero.

The PM appeared alongside farmer Gareth Wyn Jones and stood next to placards displaying the campaign logo “No Farmers No Food”.

Mr Wyn Jones is a leading supporter of the campaign, which was started by James Melville, a GB News pundit and communications consultant.

The No Farmers No Food campaign is anti net-zero and has shared conspiracy theories about climate change action, while Mr Melville has questioned the effects of climate breakdown as well as sharing conspiracy theories about net zero.

The campaign’s manifesto accuses the UK Government of having an “obsession with net zero” and calls for it to end climate measures.

The Twitter/X account for the group shared a conspiracy theory that the World Economic Forum (WEF) intends to force people to eat bugs to reach net zero, retweeting a post from former LBC host Maajid Nawaz that said: “Farmers stand between us and WEF’s desire for us to EAT BUGS, own nothing and be happy.” Melville also shared a post with the conspiracist claim which stated: “Between Bill Gates, the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] & the WEF, we’re going to have no private farmland left. They want you eating bugs.”

Mr Melville has also shared fake news that local councils are forcing people into “climate lockdowns” and added: “Endless project fear. Very similar vibes on climate/net zero given off by the same people who pushed for lockdowns. And similar vilification issued against anyone who dares to question the narrative.”

Craig Bennett, CEO of the Wildlife Trusts, told the Observer that the Prime Minister’s appearance at the protest was “deeply worrying”, adding: “Rather than pandering to extremists who don’t know what they’re talking about, Sunak should be talking to the farmers who are doing their utmost to alleviate biodiversity loss and the impacts of climate change. It would be nice if the Prime Minister paid a bit more attention to science, reason and logic.”


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Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago

“Demand”? Our overlords still lording it over us.

How about “respectfully asks for a cuppa and a chat”, that will take away misogyny as well.

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
1 month ago

If T.C. Davies could give up camping outside the Grange hospital in Cwmbran for photo opportunities for just a little while & go back to Downing street to bang his fist on the cabinet table & “demand” better for Cymru ( farmers and all) then maybe, just maybe, we could start to take this band wagon jumper extraordinaire a bit more seriously. This colonial governor general shtick belongs in the imperialist past & has no place in a forward looking Cymru. His boss Sunak by his actions with the ” no farmers no food” group at the conference the other… Read more »

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
1 month ago

Perhaps Lesley Grifiths should demand a meeting with her Westminster counterpart to discuss the crisis in English farming.

Farming is a devolved matter and the English tories – including the Westminster appointed governor-general – should butt out of it.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago

I usually read the whole article before posting a comment but no need here. This is a Welsh government matter and, like every intervention from TC, this one is not welcome but also stinks of democracy overrule. Par for the course. Whoever our new First Minister is, they must ensure that by the time Westminster Tories return after their pending electoral wipeout, (including TC I pray), this interventionist dictatorship will not be possible otherwise I would have to ask what EXACTLY is it you are doing for our country?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

There will be a time when TC no longer exists in the politics of Cymru, hang on to this idea…

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Oh, I have a dream.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

I demand to know why Sunak is pictured with such vile people. How he got here and the cost for such a pointless venture.

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