Speaking of farm subsidies, I thought I’d pass along an amusing quote. About the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy, British Ambassador to Poland Charles Crawford wrote in an email (which unfortunately for him leaked) that it is …
… a programme which uses inefficient transfers of taxpayers money to bloat rich French landowners and so pump up food prices in Europe, thereby creating poverty in Africa, which we then fail to solve through inefficient but expensive aid programmes. The most stupid, immoral state-subsidised policy in human history, give or take Communism.
Nothing is worse for a diplomat than when a little truth sneaks out.