Coun­try Mouse

All to­gether now

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THERE are twice as many peo­ple liv­ing in the coun­try­side as in Greater Lon­don, but the main press and me­dia are so biased to­wards met­ro­pol­i­tan is­sues that you could eas­ily won­der if they realise that the coun­try­side ex­ists.

The long hours and low in­comes—many hill farm­ers earn less than £10,000 a year— would be re­ported as a scan­dal if it were hap­pen­ing in Lon­don. If Lon­don­ers, too, had the same low broad­band speeds and lack of mo­bile re­cep­tion as many of us in the coun­try re­ceive, they would march on Par­lia­ment. Per­haps we ru­ral folk should.

Last week, Theresa May, in her con­fer­ence speech, promised to do some­thing for the peo­ple who are ‘just man­ag­ing’. She noted that many peo­ple voted for Brexit as they felt for­got­ten. A large pro­por­tion of th­ese peo­ple are liv­ing in the for­got­ten part of Bri­tain: the coun­try­side.

How­ever, for the ru­ral com­mu­nity to achieve what it needs, there must be a coali­tion of in­ter­est. There is a vast plethora of coun­try­side bod­ies, many di­rectly op­posed to each other, al­though all are intent on a bet­ter coun­try­side. If they could start work­ing to­gether, won­ders could be achieved. MH

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