Monday, January 11, 2010

Common Agricultural Policy Flaws


Of course, these days hairstylist are not quite as easy to breed as the number of hair salons on any High Street would first suggest. This is purely a side-effect of the EU’s much derided Common Agricultural Policy, a misguided scheme that has resulted in a number of High Street gluts over the last few decades.

Those of us who have been around awhile will remember how, in the recent past, our very High Streets seemed threatened by a massive outbreak of shoe shops. It was only after the EU’s shoe shop assistant mountain was severely curtailed through an almost complete withdrawal of subsidy that the number of shoe shops returned to the more manageable amount we have these days.

The same happened – of course – with the flood of Travel Agents a few years later. The EU’s farm subsidy system made it far too easy for those who formerly bred those Shoe shop assistants to switch to breeding Travel Agents. The result of course was – a few years down the line – another over-production. Estate Agents too seemed to have a brief period of growth. That has, however, been much better controlled, as the member countries of the EU swiftly approved measures to keep the number of Estate Agents under strict control. Fearing an outbreak of feral estate agents similar to that back in 1830’s Belgium, which almost brought the whole country to its knees, and is widely blamed for making Belgium the boring country it is today.

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