Tory Britain, the Postmodern Version

BY SAM WHITE Tory Britain, you have to love it. It’s kind of a feckless experiment, like grenades-and-rape Sweden, or Justin Trudeau’s identity-free-post-national Canada. Or is it more like France, where they’re fashionably laissez-faire about external borders, but are constructing bulletproof walls around the Eiffel Tower? Or Germany, where mass sex attacks in the street are covered up, but a journalist gets a suspended sentence … Continue reading Tory Britain, the Postmodern Version

Gove’s Environmental Watchdog

BY JAMIE FOSTER Michael Gove has announced a new Environmental Watchdog which will be created to protect Britain’s wildlife, land, sea and air following Brexit. It is intended to be a bulwark against the powerful and to ensure that environmental standards don’t slip when we leave the EU. A cross party environmental committee has expressed concern about what will happen in the aftermath of Brexit. … Continue reading Gove’s Environmental Watchdog

Whitebait Thai Salad

Ingredients: 2 green mangoes, finely shredded 100g Asian salad leaves 1 cup mint leaves 1/2 cup Vietnamese mint leaves 1/2 cup coriander leaves 1 cup Thai basil leaves 1/3 cup (50g) plain flour 2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes 200g fresh whitebait Peanut or sunflower oil, to deep-fry Dressing 1/4 cup (60ml) fish sauce 1/4 cup (60ml) rice vinegar 2 tablespoons grated palm sugar 1 long … Continue reading Whitebait Thai Salad

Hatchlands

BY CHARLES EVANS Hatchlands Park is a red-brick country house with surrounding gardens in East Clandon, Surrey, covering 430 acres. It is located near Guildford. The park initially belonged to Chertsey Abbey with the park being mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1544, after the dissolution of the monasteries, it was granted by Henry VIII to Sir Anthony Browne and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald … Continue reading Hatchlands

UKIP & Ernie

When Country Squire’s Dominic Wightman arrives in deepest Herefordshire at Ernie Warrender’s sprawling country house in the middle of nowhere, he’s met by Ernie holding a high-power blowtorch. For a moment Dominic considers turning his car around. However, after meeting Ernie, Dominic soon changes his mind. “Come on in,” says the affable Mr Warrender with a huge smile as he welcomes the Country Squire Editor … Continue reading UKIP & Ernie

The Elephant’s Child

BY MANDY BALDWIN The baby elephant rushes screaming after its terrified mother, its back legs being consumed by flames. Its mother, her own feet burning, rushes into the forest.  Around them, humans laugh, shriek with savage delight, and throw more flaming tar balls which stick to the elephant’s skin. The baby – product of a two-year pregnancy, child of a species which nurtures infants to … Continue reading The Elephant’s Child

Prayer For Those In Debt

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, We are not too far from Christmas. While this may seem like good news to most, to many Christmas is a time when their already-stretched budgets are expanded to the point where they crack. Their children may be asking for presents they cannot afford. Their partner may be discussing how a relative is having turkey and ham when … Continue reading Prayer For Those In Debt