Willy Hutton really is a manipulative cunt isn\’t he?

For years, campaigners have been fighting against industrial fishing in European waters and last week, at long last, they had something to celebrate. Their target has been the huge factory ships that hoover up everything in their wake, discarding the dead fish they don\’t want – often half the catch – and returning to port with their quotas met the most profitable way. The result has not just been dwindling fish stocks – the entire marine ecosystem is under assault, including the coastal fishing communities that depend on it for their livelihood.

No one European country can make a difference by itself: fish do not respect borders. In any case, the danger for any one country acting unilaterally to husband fish stocks and ban the practice of discarding dead fish is that if others do not follow suit it will be the sucker. It will have hurt its own fishing interests just to benefit others. This is a problem that can only be solved by European countries acting together.

So the EU\’s about to have a fishing policy which isn\’t certifiably insane.

This is something that could only be done at EU level.

Hmm. That will come as news to those non-EU countries, like Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Isles, which have long had fishing policies which are not certifiably insane.

Hutton\’s claiming as a merit of the EU what is actually the problem with the EU: not being able to act nationally on such matters of national interest. Manipulative little cunt, isn\’t he?

6 thoughts on “Willy Hutton really is a manipulative cunt isn\’t he?”

  1. Also note that he says they discard half of the catch “they don’t want” but doesn’t say WHY they don’t want them, because it’s obvious that evil corporations just throw half of the stuff away, just for shits and giggles.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    No one European country can make a difference by itself: fish do not respect borders. In any case, the danger for any one country acting unilaterally to husband fish stocks and ban the practice of discarding dead fish is that if others do not follow suit it will be the sucker. It will have hurt its own fishing interests just to benefit others.

    Sorry but can someone explain to me how a few fihs wandering into Danish waters would hurt the British fishing industry? If, that is, we did the sensible thing and banned Spanish vessels from coming into our waters and hoovering up whatever they like in complete contravention of whatever pissant little EU regulation exists?

    How is our fishing improved by not allowing us to manage them properly?

  3. Hutton is rewriting history, as seems to be his wont. One European country could and DID make a difference – the primary cause of fall in North Sea fish stocks which led to a downward spiral and Grimsby trawlers trying to catch Icelandic cod was factory fishing by Russian trawlers to feed hungry Russians after Kruschev’s “Virgin Lands” policy proved inadequate to offset Stalin’s disastrous collectivisation.
    To get back to the main point – the new EU policy is just putting right one of the errors introduced by EU bureaucrats in its previous policy: so hardly a pro-EU argument.

  4. @ David Moore
    He is sincere in his belief in the superiority of state bureaucracy. When he was a salesman at P&D he told me that he was only working in the City because he had failed to get into the Civil Service after graduating: I remember because he assumed that I too had failed the Civil Service exam- he could not understand that I did *not* want to be a Civil Servant!

  5. This piece( which I had not seen, Tim so many thanks for bringing it to my attention), is, even by Hutton’s abysmal standards one of the most disingenuous I have ever seen.

    The EU’s original CFP has presided over arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in history – and the fact that Discards were being talked about for more than three decades as an issue by those more thoughtful than Hutton on the EU is ignored. That this cretin is now advocating we credit said organization for taking nearly 30 years to address the cause of a catastrophe and try and use this as a reason to advocate our continued involvement with it surely begs the question: Is he for real?

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