A Prayer for Perseverance

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and have had a good week. Our garden here is full of snowdrops and daffodils. Have we got through the winter already perhaps? There are times when the throwaway culture we live in gets frustrating. People start on projects but get distracted and take the easier option. Youths drop out of university … Continue reading A Prayer for Perseverance

The Innocence of Mary Chipperfield

BY NIGEL BEAN (& PAUL READ) Imagine you’re a famous animal trainer from a world-famous circus dynasty stretching back 300 years. Now imagine your mother is in critical condition in hospital and your close friend, confidante and the person you could rely on most to look after your beloved animals is dying of cancer.  To compound matters, your daughter is having problems of her own … Continue reading The Innocence of Mary Chipperfield

Parent 1 Parent 2

BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh… you know the rest. Roll on to 2019, and – you guessed it – it’s ‘transphobic, cisnormative and exclusionary’. At the very start of Aldous Huxley’s seminal novel of 1931, Brave New World, we get plunged into what must have, at the time, seemed an utterly absurd concept. That of school-children giggling over ‘naughty’ words – something they … Continue reading Parent 1 Parent 2

The #FBPE Guide to Losing Disgracefully

Let’s find a bolshie spokesperson who can lie us back into this Alastair Campbell Let’s make out that Brexit is going to be a crippling disaster Project Fear II Let’s find fault with the Referendum itself It was only advisory Let’s call an exit without a withdrawal agreement (even though there’ll be loads of existing agreements) sound really bad Crashing Out – No Deal Let’s fight … Continue reading The #FBPE Guide to Losing Disgracefully

May’s Great Divide

BY DAVID EYLES In the early part of 2019, it would appear that Theresa May (without any apparent effort) has effectively sundered the Conservative Party into two irreconcilable groups. The first group is of the party in Westminster, including all MPs, peers, journalists, special advisers and so on. The second is the party in the constituencies – the holders of coffee mornings, bring and buy … Continue reading May’s Great Divide

Left-Wing Hypocrites Don’t Exist

BY BEN PENSANT The greatest weapon in the left’s arsenal is the ability to hold two conflicting opinions at once. It’s a skill dopey right-wingers call ‘cognitive dissonance’ – a fascist concept invented by Hitler and weaponized by trolls to smear the type of people who abhor misogyny, homophobia and antisemitism but defend the planet’s most misogynist, homophobic and antisemitic religion. So us Lefties can … Continue reading Left-Wing Hypocrites Don’t Exist

The Brexit Party Warning Shot

CSM EDITORIAL The announcement by Nigel Farage that his Brexit Party is now a viable choice for the next European Elections in May  – should it need to be used – is key. Should there be any significant delay to Brexit – and the European elections be fought by UK politicians (let’s hope not) – then the Tories and Labour can expect to lose most … Continue reading The Brexit Party Warning Shot