BY EFFIE DEANS Now the Queen’s reign has reached seventy years many people will be reflecting on where we were in 1952 and where we may be going. The most important event was the end of the Cold War in 1991. This remains the case even as 2022 has seen a renewed threat from Russia and what might be called Cold War II. 1991 was … Continue reading Hope Rests with Conservatism
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and that You have been enjoying the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. God commands us to pray for those in authority over us (1 Timothy 2:1-4). This prayer simply thanks God for the Queen’s example of servant leadership: O Lord, the Way, the Truth, and the Life,we give you thanks for your servant Elizabeth … Continue reading A Prayer for Her Majesty
BY ROGER WATSON What is a working day like for the average police officer? It is easy to be critical of our police force. If you have recently been burgled, as we have — twice in rapid succession — you will understand the one thing they don’t seem to have time to do is solve crimes. If you are burgled, you won’t even see an … Continue reading Out of Commission
BY JIM WEBSTER The thing about farming is that yields fluctuate. You can plant the same acreage in two successive years. Sow the same variety, put on the same sprays and inputs, and see what happens. One year, because the rain came at the wrong time, the sun just scorched what was left. Next year everything fell just right. So, one year you didn’t even … Continue reading Windfalls, No Cider
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Titling her book on the assumption that it has, Joanna Williams delivers a powerful critique against this cultural cancer which has now metastasised itself into every aspect of our lives. It may seem absurd to afford a tabloid buzzword like Woke with any degree of intellectual seriousness, but Williams’ arguments – peppered with persuasive evidence and delivered in a scholarly and detached … Continue reading Has Woke Won?
BY ALEX STORY “A boy without a winkle? God be praised, it’s a miracle,” Nurse exclaimed joyfully as she remembered the birth of Queen Elizabeth in Blackadder II. She then added “and then Sir Thomas More pointed out that a boy without a winkle is a girl. And everyone was really disappointed”. Bells, the first episode of Blackadder II, aired on the BBC in January … Continue reading Last Days of the Asylum?
BY DUSTIN BROADBERY If Extinction Rebellion is the midlife crisis of activist causes, the war in Ukraine is the crack cocaine of moral high grounds. For those finely attuned to consensual reality, activism is the perfect oasis from which to emulate dissent, while keeping one’s head beneath the parapet. Gone are the old hellraisers on the left stickin’ it to the man. Instead, you have … Continue reading Activism: A Write-off and Autopsy
BY ANDREW MOODY “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…” Like almost every obsessive fan of The Godfather (1972) and its extraordinary sequel The Godfather Part II (1974), when I eventually came to watch The Godfather Part Three (1990) I was disappointed. Not only did it not include Robert Duvall as the Corleone family consigliere (director Francis Ford Coppola could … Continue reading The Death of Michael Corleone
BY EFFIE DEANS It is expected that soon Nicola Sturgeon will announce her latest attempt to have a second independence referendum. Lots will be written about this, but it is not the most important issue facing Scotland. The most important issue is demographics, but almost nothing will be written about that. Alastair Allan SNP MSP for the Western Isles has admitted the importance of demographics. … Continue reading Voting with Our Feet
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well and healthy. This week I would like You to think about those who are neither well nor healthy. Of course that could be You. If it is, then I feel very sorry for You and wish You, if possible, a speedy recovery. When You are sick there is no wealth but health. … Continue reading A Prayer for the Sick
BY JIM WEBSTER Don’t you know there is a war on? What does it take to get people to take things seriously? Do we need Chief Warden Hodges from Dad’s Army storming round Brussels shouting ‘Put that Light Out’? There is a problem with people. They will continue to believe things even when they’re obviously not true. As an example of this, YouGov do a … Continue reading The EU Has Lost its Marbles
BY CSM STAFF WRITER This morning Cease & Desist warnings were sent to five trolls who have been continually harassing the Editor of Country Squire Magazine, Dominic Wightman. These trolls have also been harassing the two other defendants in the ongoing Chris Packham defamation proceedings which you can learn more about here. The Cease and Desist warnings are hereby published for public notice in the … Continue reading Packham-Tagging Trolls Face C&Ds
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?