Rural society 'run to point of extinction'

PUBLISHED: 11:06 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 28 March 2014

MAY 13, 2008: Rural society has been run to the point of extinction by a decade of “top-down” government, according to David Cameron.

In a speech yesterday he wooed country rural voters, promising to fight for farmers, rural post offices,

local schools, police stations, shops and libraries.


Minister Gordon Brown, he said, was more concerned with targets and

bureaucracy than listening to local people and common sense.


addressed an audience as part of the Campaign for the Protection of

Rural England (CPRE) debate on how agriculture will look in 2026.


the last decade or so, in the name of modernisation, rationalisation

and efficiency we have been living under a regime of government by

management consultant and policy by powerpoint.”

He said that a

regime controlled by 'big' government had 'undermined the institutions

that make up society – family, neighbourhood and community'.


food and farming. Many British consumers want to back British farmers

by buying their produce, but often find it difficult because of

inadequate labelling.

"Food can be imported to Britain,

processed here, and subsequently labelled in a way that suggests it is

genuinely British. It is the proper job of government to ensure that

labelling is accurate and clear.

“But government is not only

failing to impose sensible new regulations that would protect the

countryside. They are even getting rid of existing ones.”

Mr Cameron also attacked the Government for failing to provide adequate regulation to protect farmers from big supermarkets.


not exactly a relationship of equals. The supermarkets have been in the

habit of using their market power to squeeze the margins of those they

buy from.

"Delivering low prices through efficiencies is good

for customers and a good thing in general - particularly at a time when

the cost of living is going up. But doing so through abuse of market

power or, for example through hitting suppliers with in-year

retrospective discounts is not,” he said.

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