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WORD ON THE GROUND: As spring blooms and the EU elections pass, Dowsdale farmer Ian Stancer decides that the world's gone mad!

As I write the dust settles on perhaps the most futile election ever held within our boundaries... a charade to give people a crude way of collective comment on Brexit, or lack of it.

The news pundits speculate that Mrs May will abdicate or indicate a timescale to departure in the morning (Editor: this was written just hours before she quit!) and the chaos continues to unfold. Please stop the runaway train, I want to get off.

What a relief it is to see spring emerge in all its glory, proving that life goes on and we are now full speed ahead towards harvest, with some useful rainfall at last and copious sunshine between showers.

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