He noted that little attention was paid to rural issues in Monday’s Queen’s Speech and that rural communities ‘might have been forgiven for thinking that they had suddenly been rendered invisible’. He claims that people in the countryside have become ‘Britain’s unmentionables in Government terms’ and are ‘virtually ignored’ when funding decisions are made. Vine takes issue with Government’s plans for Brexit tariffs and imports which he says will ‘result in a cheap flood of imported food’ that undercuts British farmers. He argues that ‘Boris Johnson and his Cabinet have been speaking exclusively to an urban audience since coming to office. Every announcement on spending – hospitals, railways, policing – has been targeted at cities because their focus is on trying to win over Labour voters at the next election’.
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