Are the politicians following the masses or are they driving the policy? Its probably a bit of both. Especially given that FSP is predicated on achieving sustainable maize prices to keep the urban masses on the leash. What matters of course in the end is whether FSP and FRA policies are coherent in the long term. The answer to that question seems be a definite no - as discussed here. And that is why the chart matters. We want politicians to act based on the best long term interests of the public not just for short term expediency.
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