Marlborough will be invaded by tractors tomorrow (Friday 23 October) at around noon in a ‘socially distanced drive-through demonstration’ where farmers will protest against the new Agriculture Bill that will open the gates to cheap low-quality food being imported from abroad, potentially destroying Britain’s ‘world class’ farming industry.
Whilst this wouldn’t necessarily lead to cheaper food on the shelves, it would hit the British Farming industry at a very difficult time (Covid etc.) and potentially lead to a significant loss of jobs.
The ‘Save British Farming Group’ are looking to highlight this danger to the farming community of the UK, as well as consumers who will be offered cheaper produced and lower quality produce as a result.
Locally it’s a family affair: Devizes MP Danny Kruger is reported to have rejected the Lords’ amendment to the Agriculture Bill that would have ensured that food and environmental standards would be maintained, whilst it is understood that Danny’s mother, Bake Off’s Prue Leith has called for standards to be maintained.
Very recently she was quoted as telling the ‘Mail’:
“British farmers are the best in the world – let’s support them this week. Everybody who cares about British high food standards should back our farmers. After all, we are what we eat.”
Tractors will start to gather at the Marlborough Rugby Club on The Common at 11:45 with the drive starting soon after.
The ‘Save British Farming’ campaign can be reached on Facebook – click here.