How ‘farms’ that aren’t really farms get paid millions in subsidies – Andy Wightman

Huge sporting estates owned by aristocrats and some of the richest people in the world receive vast subsidies from the public purse, writes Andy Wightman,

Most people think of farms as looking something like this. But agricultural subsidies also go to country estates (Picture: John Devlin)

It is no exaggeration to say that Boris Johnson has his work cut out to persuade Scots that he has their interests at heart. If he does not listen to the advice of his own party leader in Scotland, what chance is there that he will listen to other voices in Scotland?

Mr Johnson is on something of a spending spree. He arrived in Scotland yesterday bearing gifts although the £300 million announced for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was already under detailed discussion and is merely part of an ongoing programme of capital investment within the City Deals programme.