We owe farmers a mass thank you for their sterling efforts in fuelling the nation at this crucial time – and there are policy lessons to be learnt.
Posts Tagged: Countryside
Luke Evans: It feels here that this week is the lull coming before the storm that you hope will never arrive
I’m acutely aware that in our rural communities, where we are a few weeks behind major cities, knowing someone in hospital is more rare.
Whilst I find the present curtailment of my personal right to roam frustrating, I reluctantly sympathise.
Social distancing in a crowded urban park is ceaseless effort; on a rural stroll, effortless. Yet Derbyshire Police insist that we confine ourselves to the former.
Ever since the EU referendum, there’s been renewed focus on how to help poorer places. Helpfully there is decades of evidence about what does and doesn’t work.
If he is looking for a legacy beyond Brexit, then ‘rural proofing’ all government policy would be a good place to start.
Damian Flanagan: What drives the Conservatives’ underlying problems? For answers, ponder our exile from the cities of the north.
The Party cannot be one of the South and of the countryside if it is to engage with voters – and to win.
Britain Beyond Brexit, a New Conservative Vision for a New Generation, is published today by the CPS.
A Guardian author suggesting otherwise is wrong. The picture we get is of mostly stable land ownership.
Tony Hockley: Taking back control of agriculture must mean empowering local communities, not Whitehall
In the New Forest, where I live, a local system of consent maintains a fragile balance. Gove’s Agriculture Bill must not replace the CAP with another threat.
While some may argue that this article would be better suited on a Labour Party site, to me the idea of protecting ways of life from extinction is as conservative as it gets.
James Frayne: May is right to drop her vote on the hunting ban – it should never have been in the manifesto in the first place
At best, people don’t think about the issue. But as soon as they do, they overwhelmingly support the ban. A vote would have been hugely damaging.
Tom Hunt: Fox hunting. I was a candidate in an urban seat. And I can tell you that it did no real damage to our support.
May’s view had no impact on the polls. It was only later after the Conservative manifesto was published that our poll numbers begun to deteriorate.
A free vote on repeal gives legislators the opportunity to review the impact of the fox hunting ban. No wonder the law’s supporters are nervous.
Nadhim Zahawi: A message from Labour voters in my seat that I’ve never heard before. They’re backing a Conservative Prime Minister.
I truly believe that this election will finally banish the tribal, class-driven polarisation of workers versus bosses. That rhetoric will be firmly placed in the dustbin of history.