This is a great article and I couldn't agree more. I know of one local company that had to abandon my village as its headquarters because they couldn't get BT to put in Fibre even though they were willing to pay for it. Come on Govt - deliver on your promises for once!
Compared with most countries, Britain has a fairly healthy rural economy. Barns have been converted into homes or offices rather than left to tumble down, as in parts of France. Remote areas have job vacancies in picturesque villages, rather than drug problems amid piles of dead cars, as in parts of America. The demand for second homes in St Ives and the lack of affordable housing in villages (both in the news these past few weeks) are the result of too much demand for rural assets, not too little.