•UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew (Eastern Counties) has strongly criticised the EU for a directive on the design of roll over safety features on mini-tractors which has been passed by the European Parliament this week in Strasbourg (11.05.2011). Mr Agnew, who is a Norfolk based farmer and UKIP’s spokesman on Agriculture said:
“The 38 pages of closely typed instructions on the fitting of roll over safety features are insulting to the Japanese manufacturers who dominate this market and I am sure know far more about these matters than bureaucrats at the European Commission.
“It would also be interesting to know how well the French original translates into Japanese! Tractor design should be left to the experts. Long and painful experience of EU membership has shown that one size does not fit all, be it the euro, the CFP, the CAP or the nitrates directive. It is particularly disappointing to see that the rapporteur on this is Conservative MEP, Sajjad Karim, confirming yet again that the Tories are part of the EU apparatus.
“A tractor designed by Jose Manuel Barroso (President of the European Commission) and his bureaucrats reminds me of that old joke about a camel being a horse designed by a committee! Heaven help the farmers who have to use them.”