BY PAUL T HORGAN Prince Harry has been in the news quite a lot, and the media seem to be in the process of casting him as the latest incarnation of the dissolute minor royal, a cause of embarrassment to the monarchy, perhaps even calling the monarchy into question. T’was ever thus. This is unfair. Harry has spent his adult life being overshadowed by his older … Continue reading In Defence of Prince Harry
BY ANDREW MOODY Released in 1969, the same year as the Apollo 11 moon landings, the Manson family murders, the inauguration of Richard Nixon, and the Altamont slayings, Easy Rider (prophetically for Hollywood and the wider world) opens with a cocaine deal. Cocaine had not yet taken over as the drug of choice for Hollywood stars and executives. This was one of many things that … Continue reading Easy Rider Fifty Years On
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your loved ones are well and healthy. As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, We are warned that We face an uncertain winter. This week I’d like to pray for an avoidance of the worst predictions coming true. A time of calm and progress would be a far more preferable substitute. … Continue reading A Prayer for a Good Winter
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Finally, after two years of this publication alongside others highlighting the use of faked videos by animal rights extremists to promote their narrative and pervert the course of justice, we welcome the long-awaited conviction of a hunt saboteur. With the conviction of David Graham of the West Midlands Hunt Sabs for handing over tampered evidence he hoped would fraudulently … Continue reading A Faker Convicted at Long Last
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE One cannot browse Tory Twitter without noticing a disturbing lack of diversity among its younger members. Predictably, a great deal of them are of the now proscribed ‘male and pale’ variety. Less predictable, though, is how many happen to be avowed homosexuals. This would be unusual for any party, let alone an allegedly conservative one. Strange then that no one has cared … Continue reading Why Are So Many Conservatives Gay?
CITY GRUMP I see Richard Branson is not done with the investing public yet as “VG Acquisition Corp intends to sell 40 million units at an individual price of $10. The company said it plans to “search for targets that operate in consumer-facing industries in the U.S. and Western Europe.” It added it will focus on “businesses that provide consumer experiences in the sectors in which Virgin … Continue reading Time for Branson to Step Out of the Spotlight?
BY MARCUS STEAD You’re probably familiar with this exchange from Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde: CECIL GRAHAM: What is a cynic?LORD DARLINGTON: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.CECIL GRAHAM: And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing. Public subsidies are always a … Continue reading What’s the Point of S4C?
BY EFFIE DEANS How does civilisation begin? It begins with agriculture. Prior to the development of agriculture all we have is hunter gatherers in small bands living from moment to moment intent only on the bare necessities of life such as obtaining food and shelter. What enabled the transition to agriculture? It was the division of labour. In order for people to settle down and … Continue reading Casting Hume into the Flames
BY SAM WHITE It’s time to be realistic. Liberalism will soon be dead. There has been a sustained attack on liberal values, from hijacked institutions that were former defenders of such liberal values (such as universities and the BBC), escalating for many years. For those who follow alternative media and the blogosphere, this is, of course, not news. No doubt, if you are reading this, … Continue reading Wheels Turn
BY JIM WEBSTER As you can imagine, a slaughterhouse will get an awful lot of paperwork, and a lot of it has to be properly disposed of because it’s government documents. So a manager I know installed a shredding machine to dispose of it securely. Last time I talked to him he saved this paper for bedding up the pen in the lairage that they … Continue reading Farming & Politics Don’t Mix
BY FRANK HAVILAND Doomsday forecasters rarely back a winner, but 2020 might just be their year. Anyone with a tenner on the end of the world coming by Christmas will be experiencing a nervous frisson around now, as 2020 has really stepped up its game. Tensions are also mounting at the Annus Horribilis Club, where rumour has it notable members 1914, 1929 and 1939 are … Continue reading Happy 2020
BY ANDREW MOODY I first read about Orson Welles’ 1973 film F for Fake in a compendium of conspiracy theories by the late author and Playboy editor Robert Anton Wilson, a huge fan of Welles and this movie in particular. “Perhaps the prime example of the post-modernist artwork, F for Fake is a somewhat faked film about the possibly fake biography of a truly great … Continue reading F for Fake