Do you remember when Brussels dictated that because of the run on cod stocks, in future fishermen would only be allowed to land cod of a prescribed size?
I heard last week of the British Government's response to this prescriptive and protectionist legislation. Did they argue for a change to the legislation? No. Did they push for a change to our quotas? No. Did they seek to expand the protected zone to our fishing waters? No.
No - they immediately employed three hundred-odd "fish measurers". Civil servants at every port, employed to measure the size of fish landed, bringing down revenge and retribution on any British fisherman who happened to bring back an undersized cod.
Spain? They employed fish measurers too. How many?