What I Meant to Say Was

jim lehrer

I’m not at all used to the world of punditry, even though it is increasingly what I find myself doing these days. And the confines of soundbites in short mass-media-segments are something I’ve had trouble with before and no doubt will again.

Take today, on the Jim Lehrer News Hour. I wanted to make the point that while the rhetoric of the WTO talks was about ‘access to markets’, farmers in developing countries would love to have access to their own markets. But they can’t because the WTO rules allow them to be driven off the land by subsidised imports grown on mega farms in the EU and US.

But did I make that point clearly? Did I buggery. Many apologies to the Lehrer Newshour-viewing public.

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