I have always opposed the Common Fishing Policy. I always thought it was bad for consumers, bad for fishermen and bad for the fish. The discard policy was especially crass, forcing the return of large numbers of dead fish to the sea in the name of conservation. It was always aimed at allowing others to raid our fishing grounds, but did not give the UK similar rights in southern waters.
Yesterday under the excellent new backbench business arrangements we held a debate on it, and passed a motion urging reform. I have lost count of how many times I and other critics of the scheme have called for change. The good news is we hear that at last, after nearly 40 years of injustice and folly, the EU is considering reform. It is still a matter of doubt whetehr they will come up with anything worthwhile, but those who follow these things will doubtless be pleased that the UK Parliament did do its duty yesterday on this issue.