It happens that as the UK goes to the polls today many marginal constituencies are based in rural areas and expose an unexpected economic vacuum throughout the economy.
The numbers are striking. Very wealthy people live next to swathes of people surviving on charity who would rather work but jobs are scarce and low paid.
The Cotswolds charm tens of millions of tourists each year. It is a place that provides a rural sanctuary for billionaires. …. but it is the hub for many more who are in such a financial crisis that they are unable to feed themselves.
Maybe the issue is not about red or blue, labour or conservative, but about a system change in which it is recognised that the city is dead without its hinterland, that people need work however much automation is available and that the gulf between rich and poor is not about equality but about fairness, justice, equity. Human beings need sustenance and love.