Zealander Don McKinnon, secretary general of the Commonwealth, yesterday [Wednesday] spoke out against the new US farm bill, which was signed into law by President George Bush on Monday. McKinnon took issue with the sharp increase in the levels of US farm subsidies as incorporated in the bill. He said that the allowances are an example of rich countries bending the rules for their own benefit, and that they made a mockery of US free trade pledges, locking developing nations out of lucrative markets.