We are marking the start of what would have been the 2020 Royal Highland Show by hearing from Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP. In a wide-ranging conversation with RHASS chief executive Alan Laidlaw, the Cabinet Secretary:
– praises the Royal Highland Show as “the fulcrum of rural life in Scotland”
– describes his pride in Scotland’s rural communities for their response to Coronavirus, saying farmers “have risen to the occasion“
– urges the UK government to protect farmers against “the flooding of cheaper imports” that would be illegal to produce here.
The first day of the Royal Highland Show, Thursday 18th June, is also National #keeptalking Day from RSABI. This episode finishes with a call from RHASS president Bill Gray to #phone5 people, stressing the importance to all of staying socially connected, even though you won’t see people in person at this year’s Show.