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18 05, 2022

The way to cut prices is for EU to abolish tariffs and open its markets

As We See It, Trade & Economy|

AS THE Governor of the Bank of England has pointed out, food prices are rising dramatically in some particular markets and this is a global phenomenon. As prices rise to record levels some governments have chosen to clamp down on the export of grains, cooking oils, etc. from their countries, believing hoarding will prevent shortages [...]

12 05, 2022

Malaysia’s sustainable palm oil requires EU to abandon its ban

Trade & Economy|

By Brian Monteith – 5 minute read As if we needed more pressure on the cost of living, Indonesia, the world's biggest producer of palm oil, announced last week it would halt exports of palm oil in a bid to stabilise soaring prices at home which it blamed on the war in Ukraine and the Covid [...]

28 04, 2022

How not to virtue signal

As We See It, Trade & Economy|

By Brian Monteith – 5 minute read VIRTUE SIGNALLING is actually an art. It might look easy but it can quickly become a hole that you can't stop digging for yourself, as this little story demonstrates. Imagine you run a well-known supermarket chain and therefore attract a great deal of lobbying from environmental activists wanting to [...]

8 02, 2022

Deforestation encouraged by EU double standards

As We See It, Trade & Economy|

By Brian Monteith – 6 minute read AS WITH ANY political campaigning when it comes to saving the planet it is often difficult for the public to see the wood because of the trees. One such example is the hypocrisy surrounding deforestation, and there is no better exemplar of that hypocrisy than the European Union claiming [...]

25 11, 2021

Protectionism: how the EU palms-off the competition at our expense

As We See It, Trade & Economy|

By Brian Monteith – 5 minute read A CONSTANT REFRAIN in the EU referendum was how important it was for our farmers to be in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and the Customs Union. Take a step back for a minute and imagine then what that means for countries that have no place inside the EU because [...]

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