Do the Lib Dems Still Exist?

BY JOHN ISMAEL Whatever happened to the Liberal Democrats? That bastion of a political party that brought us Jeremy Thorpe, Cyril Smith, Mark Oaten and Lord Rennard? Just a few years ago Nick Clegg and his party comprised a significant part of the cabinet. They were part of the political furniture. Remember names like David Laws, Simon Hughes, Ed Davey and Danny Alexander? Regulars on … Continue reading Do the Lib Dems Still Exist?

Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients: 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups sliced mushrooms, ¾ cup chopped celery ¾ cup chopped carrots ¼ cup chopped shallots ¼ cup all-purpose flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup quick-cooking or instant wild rice 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, or turkey ½ cup sour cream 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley Method: Heat oil in … Continue reading Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

BY SAM HOOPER A society which looks to the state to deliver retribution for non-harmful offensive speech is a society which no longer values a core tenet of liberal democracy. The battle for free speech is won or lost at the margins, which means that those who call themselves advocates of free speech without being able to point to a history of defending deeply offensive … Continue reading Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

Escaping Socialist Venezuela

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Venezuela’s downward economic spiral has led to widespread food shortages, hyperinflation and a mass exodus of migrants into Latin America.  Although the situation is anatomically different from Syria, analysts claim the exodus from Venezuela rivals the number of Syrians in Germany.  The intensifying economic and political crisis has now pushed hundreds of thousands to flee the country in search of food, security, … Continue reading Escaping Socialist Venezuela

Maple and Mustard Pulled Pork

Ingredients: 200g sea salt 300g light muscovado sugar 2kg piece skinless pork shoulder 100ml maple syrup 100g wholegrain mustard 2 tbsp English mustard powder Method: Mix the sea salt and 200g of the sugar in a large food bag, add the pork and coat it well. (If you don’t have a bag, rub over the pork in a dish and cover with cling film.) Leave … Continue reading Maple and Mustard Pulled Pork

Sticks & Stones

CSM EDITORIAL First they complained that Brexit voters were misled by a bus advert. Next they complained that Brexit voters were racist. Then they whined about how Brexit voters were uneducated. Then came the gammon insults. These were linked to stories about Brexit voters dying off because they were so old. Northern Brexit voters then took loads of stick. Then Facebook got the blame as … Continue reading Sticks & Stones