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|Angry Country Comes to Town|
- 500,000 expected to march on Whitehall in multi-faceted protest
LONDON faces a huge invasion on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of fed-up countrysiders come to town.
Marching under the slogan Liberty and Livelihood, up to 500,000 people will converge on Britain's seat of government at Whitehall. Their causes are many and various but can be summarised as defence of fox-hunting ('liberty') and campaign for economic assistance ('livelihood').
It is easy for 'townies', as countrysiders call us, to adopt a mocking tone and conjure up images of intellectually retarded, wax-jacket wearing yokels whose idea of a good time is to play with some animals and kill others, but that would be to miss some important points about Sunday's march.
Many villages throughout Britain have been hit by a severe recession in agriculture in recent years, compounded by the closure of many social facilities such as local schools, hospitals, banks and post offices. At the same time, house prices in rural areas have seen big increases, raising the spectre of homelessness.
What some townies find hard to understand, however, is why the bulk of these issues are labelled as a countryside problem. Similar social deprivation can be seen in most parts of London. The suspicion is that the Countryside Alliance (CA), the organisers of Sunday's march, have a barely hidden agenda to attack the Labour government. Most of the high-ups in the CA have close links to the Tory Party and Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory leader, and most of his senior colleagues will be on the march.