Letter: Town vs country

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Sir: I am sick to death of the constant whining of farmers (Rural Crisis, 26 January). Although I am a city dweller and therefore "ignorant" I am angered by the way they seem to think that they have a divine right to compensation if their herds contract BSE.

I am a self-employed van courier and recently my vehicle broke down, which prevented me from working and earning money for five days. I received no compensation despite my van being "ill". Why can farmers claim government help and I cannot?

JOHN PRITCHARD

London SW19

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