BY PATRICK FAGAN Deep in the darkness of the Amazon rainforest, there is a monster known as the zombie-ant fungus. It is a parasite that infects carpenter ants and controls their behaviour for its own ends: under the fungus’ mind control, the ant leaves the safety of its nest, finds a high, humid spot on the underside of a leaf, and attaches itself there while … Continue reading The Long March Away from the Institutions
THE CITY GRUMP The list goes on. Whether it’s the chaotic NHS, the inflation and interest rate situation, the Afghanistan fiasco or 10 Downing Street partying the pandemic nights away, the guiding force behind these and countless other horrors for at least the last 70 years is Whitehall. You may wish to blame our elected politicians for all and sundry but, for the most part, … Continue reading Whitehall: The Self-Preserving, Incompetent Master of Us All
BY ROGER WATSON The vegan runner who lines up next to me at the start of the weekly Park Run doesn’t even wear running shoes; he runs in bare feet and those feet look like something that would grace one of Tolkien’s hobbits. This got me thinking: “What do vegans wear on their feet?” It transpires that they wear quite a lot on their feet … Continue reading What do Vegans Wear on their Feet?
BY STEWART SLATER “There was never an individual less regretted by his fellow creatures than this deceased King. What eye has wept for him? What heart has heaved one throb of unmercenary sorrow?” It is fair to say that the Times was not a fan of George IV, and it is reasonable to assume that, when the day comes, coverage of Her Majesty’s death will … Continue reading Love, Respect or Fear?
BY EFFIE DEANS If there were a Scottish independence referendum tomorrow who would win? I genuinely have no idea. I don’t think anyone does. You might as well toss a coin. But let’s ask a different question. If you asked 1000 Scottish nationalists who would win an independence referendum, 999 or more would answer that their side would win. If you asked 1000 Pro UK … Continue reading Nationalists’ Misplaced Confidence
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and healthy. This Sunday let us pray for transformation in our lives. Pray to release your own attempts to control your life and allow God to lead you. Ask God to show you the path to His better future for Your life, for He is the God of your salvation and the … Continue reading A Prayer for Transformation
BY RON THOMSON Dear Editor, Coming out of the current “Ban Trophy Hunting” controversy in Great Britain at this time, there are a great many misconceptions that need to be exposed and explained. And within the general ‘conservation’ field as a whole, there are a great many other so-called “statements of fact” that are nothing of the kind. The British people owe it to themselves, … Continue reading The Endangered Species Fallacy
BY JOHN NASH Praise the Lord, Dear Reader! While you have been selfishly hiding in your basement, trying to stay alive by cooking your pets on a fire made of your surplus face-masks and toilet roll stockpile, outside in the glittering firmament of slebworld, the global environment and all of its wildlife have been saved from extinction! It says so on Twitter. Well, that’s according … Continue reading Nature is Saved?
BY STEWART SLATER Why is it so hard to get a cab in the rain? Increasing demand surely – despite there being no recorded example of any human less than 100% waterproof, most of us prefer not to get wet. But if you are a classical economist, supply should increase to match demand. The more people want a cab, the more of them should appear … Continue reading Cabbies, Cyclists and the Cost of Living
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Why are those who claim to speak for the working class so troubled by a working-class man speaking for himself? For making the not unreasonable suggestion that foodbank users might benefit from education on how to cook meals on a budget, the Conservative MP Lee Anderson has been met with a series of furious charges: he is ‘uncaring’, ‘out of touch’, and … Continue reading I’m Alright Jack
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It’s not unreasonable to imagine a future where AI foxes are hunted by packs of hounds, where the meat and fish markets depend to a substantial degree on cultured meat produced in bioreactors. Why not? Let’s open our minds. A century ago, few would have thought credible the technological advances that have been made since. So why should any of us be … Continue reading Shoddy Messiahs
BY EFFIE DEANS Why are there so many tales of corruption and scandal involving Scottish nationalists? Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry has just been convicted of embezzlement and will most likely be jailed. It is a sad story and each of us ought to regret the disgrace and ruin that this individual faces. She could have had a long career as an MP, instead it … Continue reading SNP Corruption Comes from the Top
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are doing well and that You are enjoying some time outside in the glorious sunshine. It is easier when it is sunny to look around and appreciate the good things. The beauty of our countryside, the relative cornucopia in which We live. From the beautiful wildlife that surrounds us to the majesty of the … Continue reading A Prayer of Gratitude
BY ROGER WATSON There are many jokes about vegans, and you have probably heard them all. But, just in case, here’s one of the best: Question: How do you find out if someone you have just met is a vegan? Answer: Don’t worry mate, they’ll tell you within their first sentence. I may sound cynical, but I am convinced about the efficacy of veganism. It … Continue reading The Tiny Cult of Veganism
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN A brief update for all you generous supporters of the 3 of us defending our articles and other content in the much-anticipated Packham defamation case. Today our legal team is expected to receive a reply to our defences from the Claimant’s solicitorvists. Our lawyers will then be discussing the case over coming days with counsel and deciding how we progress from there. … Continue reading Friday 13th Update: Packham 3
BY NOEL YAXLEY 90 years ago a merry band of visionary activists set out to reshape where we could walk in the English countryside. This group of young workers — made up primarily of communists — staged a mass trespass on Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District. Known as the Ramblers’ Rally, hundreds of men and women decided to join the gathering … Continue reading Ramblers in Clown World
BY JIM WEBSTER During first lockdown, behind the scenes, major retailers performed logistical miracles. As a farmer I’m not somebody who is prone to praise them, but in spite of ridiculous levels of panic buying (there are people out there who won’t need to buy toilet paper for another couple of years) the retailers managed to keep the show on the road. During lockdown I … Continue reading Too Little Wheat, Too Much Makeup
BY DANIEL JUPP Are there any boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed in the name of a “progressive society”? The progressive offer is a seductive one in one sense: if you accept complete submission and subservience to the progressive ideology, if you accept that the State is all powerful and decides all things, if you normalise the idea that every human being is both flawed and … Continue reading Where does ‘Progress’ End?
BY EFFIE DEANS When the clocks change each year in Scotland each spring, I am able to see more of it. The weather may vary, but the daylight doesn’t and by June we have so much light that it is possible to go almost anywhere and get back in the same day. I take my own coffee and buy sandwiches in a supermarket so the … Continue reading Peace and Prosperity
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well and healthy. This week I would like You to consider rural families and pray for them. Farming is a noble profession. The farm home is in some ways a most suitable place for a Christian family. The good earth is the greatest material gift of God to man. We believe that in … Continue reading A Prayer for Rural Families