Excellent Rural-Proofing Requests

BY NICK PEARCE Organisations including the Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA), CLA, NFU and Countryside Alliance have teamed up to demand changes ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, which sets future budgets for Government departments. One of the key priorities set out by the alliance is ensuring all decision-making processes are properly rural-proofed. In a letter to Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the … Continue reading Excellent Rural-Proofing Requests

The Rural Healthcare Desert

CSM EDITORIAL The Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress in May identified that the countryside is becoming a healthcare desert. Some rural patients are forced to take £100 taxi rides to make outpatient appointments at their nearest hospitals. The closure of small rural hospitals and GP practices is meaning larger and larger gaps in services. The chances of a ‘digital first’ NHS are also extremely … Continue reading The Rural Healthcare Desert

Town V Countryside?

BY JAMIE FOSTER The latest outbreak in the war between the town and the countryside was caused by Natural England rescinding the general licence for shooting pest species of birds after campaigning by anti-shooting group Wild Justice headed up by Chris Packham. The rescinding of the general licence has left farmers and landowners in the lurch with no way of controlling predatory species such as … Continue reading Town V Countryside?

Rural Communities Ignored

CSM EDITORIAL The House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee report published over the weekend is to be welcomed. The extent to which rural economies have been run down by years of urban-focused policies, overseen by governments of all colours, is well exposed by the report and the Government must pay attention to its findings. It says rural communities have been ignored and underrated, and that the “clear … Continue reading Rural Communities Ignored

Prejudiced Purgers

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ What have Sven Van Hasselt, Greta Thunberg and Chris Packham got in common? They are fanatical campaigners and, incidentally, they all have Asperger’s syndrome. And that’s the part we just don’t understand, we in the UK have gone to great lengths and expense to investigate, diagnose and better inform the medical profession on certain types of conditions and disorders. … Continue reading Prejudiced Purgers