Sir Horace Plunkett, the greatest of the pioneers, who through
co-operation completely resuscitated Irish agricul- ture, and all who are of his school cannot but regard such an attitude as retrograde and of less use to •the farmer than the narrow political propaganda of the N.F.U. Both contain an implicit denial that self-help can be of any avail to the British farmer. He must beg protection from the Govern- ment and pity from the middleman. That the Union of a class.; once more independent than any in the world, can so speak is an even worse omen for British farming than the neglected fields and diminishing land population.
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