It came as one of life's great surprises to find myself representing the farming communities of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the European Parliament between 1994 and 1999.
I can honestly say that David Aaronovitch's crude caricature does not do justice to our farming communities, who are all struggling against massive odds to make a living.
We are fortunate to have one of the most efficient agricultural industries in Europe which is prepared to adapt to changing consumer demand and produce a high-quality product. Our farmers are the stewards of the countryside and do much to protect our rural hinterland. They provide important commodities which secure downstream processing jobs in urban communities.
I have seen how hard many of our farmers work and, on occasions, seen their accounts. They deserve better than David Aaronovitch's townyistic outbursts.
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