Mr Stanley Evans talks about the state of British farming.
Mr Stanley Evans being interviewed by Pathe reporter Bill Symon. SCU. Mr Evans speaking (natural sound): "I think the housewife and the taxpayer have been baby sitting the farmer all too long and it's time to call a halt." Reporter asks him whether he still thinks that British farmer was feather bedded. SV. Mr Evans answers: "Yes indeed I am, and well the farmers know it." GV. Field of wheat. GV. Combine harvester at work. CU. Grain pouring into bin.
He talks about subsidies for farming industry.
GV. Farming scene, trusses of hay being loaded. CU. Hay going up ramp. CU. Three bottles of milk on a table. CU. Five bottles of milk on a table. CU. Milk and bowl of eggs on table. CU. Milk, eggs and bacon on table. SV. Combine harvester at work. SCU. Men lifting sack in field.
GV. Harris' Bacon Factory at Calne. CU. Pigs coming down alleyway having arrived for slaughter. GV. Interior of the laboratory. Girl looking through microscope. SV. Dead pigs coming along suspended from rail. CU. Weighing machine pan to line of pigs coming along. SV. Line of pig halves outside weighing room and get ready for cutting. SCU. As man trims rib bones with electrical cutter. SV. Man preparing to extract blade bone. CU. Blade bone being pulled out. CU. Dish of blade bones and more being thrown on. GV. Man about to inject brine into side of bacon, & CU. SV. Removing carcass from smoke room. SV. Finished product being loaded into van.
CU. Mr Evans speaking (natural sound): "...but the British farmer's chief competitor, the Danish farmer, he enjoys no tariff, subsidy or assistance of any kind, he stands on his own two feet."
GV. Pig farm. LV. Sow with litter. GV. Sow and another litter. SCU. The litter. SCU. Colonel Portsmouth and Mr Henley holding a piglet, & CU. GV. Interior with pigs being fed for fattening. CU. Pigs. GV. Tanker with large pipe running away from it. LV. Showing milk running into quarry. GV. Pan up quarry at Lifton. GV. Cows grazing. GV. Interior cows being milked electrically. SCU. Showing milk going into overhead bottles. SCU. As man disconnects milking apparatus. GV. Milk churns being collected on roadway outside farm. GV. Primrose Dairy. GV. Interior with cream being packed into tins, & GV. GV. Interior showing large knob of butter on machine. CU. Machine turning out packed butter.
CU. Mr Evans speaking: "I think the surpluses are very serious - but why should the farmer worry, the taxpayer pays the bill." GV. Farm showing masses of chickens. SCU. Mass of chickens. CU. Eggs being put into basket. GV. Interior with eggs being graded and packed. SCU. Mr Evans speaking: "One aspect of the surpluses I think deserves a good deal of attention. For example at the moment we are selling eggs to the Germans at two shillings a dozen less than we are paying the British farmer, in other words, we are subsidising our most formidable industrial competitor. This is quite fantastic when you come to think of it, you know."
GV. Battle raging at sea. TV. Antiaircraft pom-pom guns firing. GV. Enemy aircraft flying overhead. LV. Bomb explodes in the sea. GV. Depth charge exploding. GV. Cargo ship sinks. SCU. Queue of women pan to butcher shop. SCU. Piece of meat put on scales. CU. The scale measuring four oz. SCU. Small piece of meat being put onto butchers block. CU. Mr Evans speaking: "Well, in my view, it's no part of the nation's duty to guarantee farmers profit." Who should then do it? CU. Mr Evans speaking: "I wonder if these ladies and gentlemen who have drawn up the report on mental health would undertake the task. It seems one for which they would be admirably qualified." SCU. Silent shot of Bill Symon and Mr Evans.