All together now
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