kenneal - lagger wrote:Unfortunately, senior Treasury advisor, Tim Leunig, is advising the government that because the farming and fishing industries represent such a small proportion of the British economy we can do without them and import our food instead. As a result of advice such as this there are factions of the government which wish to put a trade agreement with the US above our own food security. Idiot economists!!
It's clear that many of your
Conservative friends support such a Singapore economic model for the UK. It's a bit disingenuous to single out Leunig.
I will agree with you there, Chris, but not all. The problem is the advice that our MPs, of all parties, are getting from Treasury advisers and economists such as Leunig and from lobbyists. They are all getting the message, even in Tony Bleh's time, that farming and fishing are a small part of the economy and don't matter to the country.
This is patently a ridiculous way of going about things at a time when world food production is under massive strain and only likely to get worse with climate change, more extreme weather and sea level rise and, of course, rising world population until at least 2050 and the UK's requirement to import hundreds of thousands more people every year to fuel economic growth.
VT, the Singapore model is to stuff your country full of people, far more than you can hope to feed from your land, earn lots of money and then hope that you can buy all your food on world markets.