CAP reform debate lacks any credibility
A relation of mine sold a bulldozer to a man in north Kerry many years ago. To say that the deal was less than fair would be a severe abuse of the word 'less'.
The dozer was beautifully repainted prior to the sale, but sadly, the paint job was the best of the machine. In fact, it had hardly trundled across the county line from west Limerick when, to nobody's surprise but the buyer's, the dozer died.
A flurry of phone calls followed regarding the legitimacy of the transaction, and more importantly, the retrieval of the track machine and repayment of all monies.
The phone calls continued until a senior member of our family decided it was time to intervene.
Not knowing the full facts of the deal, he asked the Kerry man if his relative had lied to him about the machine.
"I'm not calling your relation a liar, Mr O'Brien," the Kerryman replied, "but he is savage careless with the truth."
I was reminded of this story over the past few days while listening to all the spin and counter-spin regarding the CAP reform negotiations.
A serious amount of misinformation masquerading as informed opinion or even fact is being plied by all sides in the debate. Some of it has even managed to make it on to the national airways.