Don't abuse the countryside

Deborah Bosley's article ("Country living stinks", 26 June) reveals more about her than the actuality of living in the countryside. I suspect that Bosley would be unhappy wherever she lived. She might as well return to London. At least the off-licence will be more conveniently at hand.

I find it depressing that you allow your pages to be used to launch drunken abuse against ordinary rural people. There are real problems in the countryside, which a serious left publication needs to highlight. Let's hear more about rural unemployment, homelessness, the lack of decent public services and the monopolisation and pollution of farmland by uncaring multinationals. And less from rich, bored, middle-class women who would find life difficult in paradise, let alone the countryside.

Ken Little
London SE15

This article first appeared in the 03 July 2000 issue of the New Statesman, And is there honey by the Tees?