An inconvenient truth?

Or an inconvenient lie?

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The Common Fisheries Policy is a biological,environmental, economic and social disaster; it is beyond reform. It is a system that forces fishermen to throw back more fish dead into the sea than they land. It has caused substantial degradation of the marine environment, it has destroyed much of the fishing industry with the compulsory scrapping of modern vessels and has devastated fishing communities.

Fisheries cannot be managed on a continental scale; they need local control. That is the reason why Michael Howard has stated that the Conservatives will return our fisheries to National and Local control. This accords completely with our instinct for small government. Issues should be tackled on an international basis only when justified, at a national level when appropriate and otherwise locally. Green paper January 2005.

The 'man in the street' did not believe this possible without leaving the EU and so they didn't believe the Tories in 2005. The Conservatives have now quietly forgotten about fisheries and are presently enthused about 'saving the planet' from global warming climate change. This means that they can work with the EU on 'important' matters yet renegotiate powers and reclaim 'sovereignty' over other areas (but not fishing). The 'man in the street' knows about the EU, the passerelle clause and politicians' promises. He doesn't believe the Tories in 2009.

The EU nations have failed to agree on a ban on fishing bluefin tuna. Stocks of the iconic threatened bluefin have dwindled for years. It has been ferociously hunted in the Mediterranean and now faces extinction. So much for working together to save the planet.