Magazine article The Spectator

Stop Hounding Us

Magazine article The Spectator

Stop Hounding Us

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From Simon Hart Sir: Ever since he was sacked by Radio 4's Today programme for his obsession with the Countryside Alliance, Rod Liddle has not been able to leave us alone ('At least they understand democracy', 5 January).

The problem is that it suits Liddle to pillory us as a single-issue pressure group when he knows full well that the truth is somewhat different. While no one would deny that we have played an active and key role in the hunting debate up to and beyond the introduction of the largely ridiculed Hunting Act 2004, we have been far from 'utterly silent on the real problems which this government (and previous governments) have inflicted upon our rural areas'.

If he had taken a moment to have a quick glance at our website, he would have noticed our continuing campaign to save rural post offices; our 'Best Rural Retailer' competition and a host of other campaigns. …

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