Mainly because C.A.P is based on the animal census of each holding in 2004. Why should a farmers income be determined by an historical record that paid more to somebody who had more livestock? We live in 2012 not 2004. The countryside needs jobs, infrastructure and hope. Surely distributing EEC payments more equal would create more jobs, public transport and keep the pubs open? Ninety pubs closed in county Cork last year.
Time for a song. One of my rock heroes Neil Young. Neil organizes a concert every year in America called Farm Aid. Famous artists raise money for the Farm Aid charity, which helps farmers financially. Perhaps there could be Farm Aid concerts in Britain and Ireland for small farmers and allotment holders?