I first started writing on a monthly basis in the early ‘noughties’ in part to help promote my business and in part to give a voice to certain rural issues. I called it ‘a letter from another country’ in part as a tribute to the late great Alistair Cook and in greater part as a way of summing up the huge gulf I felt there was between town & country in the United Kingdom and most of all in England. At the height of the Blair years there really was a sense of English rural life happening in another time & place. A sense almost of belonging to another race. A race apart, not because of its colour or its ethnicity. A race cut off by its different standards and values.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because I speak ‘well’ & , depending on your opinion, write reasonably well, that I am some sort of right-aligned toff. I do believe that this country has been poisoned by the governents of our current & previous prime Ministers, but I do not believe that the government of previous administrations was without fault.
My greatest passion, after my family, is for truly great food, in all its aspects. I think the ignorance about, & the disregard for, food is shameful.
Professor Tim Lang said:
‘If a country doesn’t sort out how it feeds its children, it doesn’t deserve to be called civilised’
Well I believe that applies not only to its children. I believe food is at the heart of so much that is great about our society, but it also at the heart of so much that is wrong with it.