There is nothing more tiresome than a tired excuse!
“My officials have informed me the extreme complexity of the new CAP means claims are taking longer to process and EU regulations prevent us from issuing payments until all of the necessary checks have been completed.”
The system did not need to be nearly as complicated as it is. Indeed, we have spoken to people who worked on the system who believe that it was deliberately over-engineered to justify charging more and more money.
“If the system had been a fixed price contract then it would be in and working by now.” One senior developer told us, “Don’t forget that these people are still getting paid to work on this system and ‘fix’ it. Indeed, the only people not getting paid are the farmers.”