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Jeremy Clarke finds his Constable table mats dripping with the blood of farm-hands

Visiting the Royal Agricultural Show, as I did this year for three whole days, you get the impression that farmers are up against it. Statistics available in the Samaritans’ tent, for example, indicate that farmers are twice as likely to commit suicide as the rest of us. Samaritans were patrolling the site day and night in a “mobile befriending unit,” offering support to farmers who were thinking about topping themselves while visiting the show. Conspicuous, too, was the stand publicising the work of the mental health charity Mind. This year it called a press conference to trumpet RuralMinds, its nationwide…

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