Nothing is going to change while Howard the big landowner is at the helm.
With Howard it is all about money. He is little capable of understanding much else, and I don't even think he undersatnds money. It's just that he has been fortunate to end up with skipfuls of the stuff.
One of the MHKs, or even - god forbid - one of the new MLCs need to keep asking questions about the Countryside Care Scheme/Agricultural Development Scheme. Then at least it is on the record for all to see, and Howard can be kicked out next election so that he can spend all of his time counting his money bags.
The scheme was a last gasp effort to claw some big cash out of the reserves and it paid off nicely. The scheme was brought in softly softly by Phil Gawne when he was Agriculture Minister through a bit of a back door with his typical bollocks language such as (from Hansard):
"Elsewhere, at least two dozen deaths have been reported in riots, sparked by a sharp increase in food and fuel prices around the world, most recently in Egypt, Senegal and Cameroon.".......
"Europe’s wine lakes have dried up, its butter mountain has melted away, and only a month’s supply of wheat remains in its stores. This is why my Department believes the Government should endeavour to meet the strategic objective of ensuring that the Isle of Man retains a reliable, sustainable and self-reliant food production industry, capable of feeding the Manx nation."
There was loads of it and Tynwald took it, hook line and sinker.
No food riots in the street of Douglas yet. 10 years the fat cats have been creaming it off. It is due for its projected review now.
I'd like to know how much the scheme has cost the taxpayer and what have they got for that money.
Ooops, think I went off topic there.
But I'll be back....