Varadkar Playing With Fire

BY SEAN FLYNN The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently admitted that “we (Irish) should be afraid” of a no deal Brexit taking place. Meanwhile Irish businesses, like the alcohol industry, have warned that a no-deal Brexit could see Irish jobs at risk, businesses shut down and expensive ­tariffs tacked on to drinks. A report from the Central Bank of Ireland (ICB) has also predicted that a no-deal … Continue reading Varadkar Playing With Fire

White

BY ANDREW MOODY “Across the board, identity politics endorse the concept that people are essentially tribal, and our differences are irreconcilable, which of course makes diversity and inclusion impossible. This is the toxic dead-end of identity politics; it’s a trap.” It took me a long time to read American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis’s first non fiction book WHITE, and I must confess it was … Continue reading White

Scottish Estates Under Threat

Scottish Grouse shooting estates fear any introduction of a licensing system will expose them further to false claims by campaigners vying to have them closed down. In 2017, Scottish Government announced an independent review of grouse shooting, looking at new legislative options including licensing. Campaigners want licensing so that, should criminality be suspected on a grouse moor, licences could be removed on a reduced proof … Continue reading Scottish Estates Under Threat

The Case for Rewilding

BY SARAH BATES A dramatically changing climate is threatening to destroy natural ecosystems, risks species extinction and the collapse of complex food webs. For some, the concept of “rewilding” is key to a sustainable future. They argue for changing landscapes to uncultivated states and introducing or re-introducing plant and animal species that should thrive in a biodiverse environment. A global project of reforestation would help … Continue reading The Case for Rewilding

Inversnaid

This darksome burn, horseback brown, His rollrock highroad roaring down, In coop and in comb the fleece of his foam Flutes and low to the lake falls home. A windpuff-bonnet of fawn-froth Turns and twindles over the broth Of a pool so pitchblack, fell-frowning, It rounds and rounds despair to drowning. Degged with dew, dappled with dew Are the groins of the braes that the … Continue reading Inversnaid

McKinstry’s Mauling

CSM EDITORIAL Excusing corpses and those voters forced to vote by imams for fear of a beheading, if there’s anyone left in Britain still thinking of voting for Corbyn’s Labour Party then they need to read Leo McKinstry’s account of working alongside Jeremy Corbyn for a decade in his Islington North constituency. McKinstry spells out the obvious – that “the Labour Party is in the … Continue reading McKinstry’s Mauling

Chapeau

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN A week on from the death of our beloved family dog, Cadbury, things are more serene in the Wightman household. Our children have been most resilient. It is my wife and I, and the remaining chocolate lab, who still mourn. While an air of sorrow is ever-present in the void, the shadows are not winning – prevailing light still disseminates through my … Continue reading Chapeau