Countering Animal Rights Spies

BY JULES KING In recent years, farmers have been increasingly targeted by animal rights groups trespassing on their properties, stealing farm animals, and other acts of vandalism. The frequency with which undercover animal rights groups infiltrate farms, circuses and other animal enterprises as undercover employees is increasing. In light of this increased activity, farmers are searching for new ways to guard their property and protect … Continue reading Countering Animal Rights Spies

The BBC Conspiracy Theorist

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Currently the BBC use Chris Packham to promote their left-wing animal rights fundamentalist ideology while they pretend to be impartial at licence fee payers’ expense. If Packham wants to campaign for a cause that fits in with the BBC’s pledge of impartiality – one that will benefit both the environment and the countryside – he should look at the … Continue reading The BBC Conspiracy Theorist

The Tory Rural Deficit

CSM EDITORIAL It is depressing that only 30 percent of people think the Tories understand rural Britain. A recent poll sponsored by the Countryside Alliance found in addition that only 8.5% of people thought rural life had improved under the Tories. The key question that follows is does this mean that voting patterns could change in the countryside? Traditionally rural seats have backed the Conservative … Continue reading The Tory Rural Deficit

Excellent Rural-Proofing Requests

BY NICK PEARCE Organisations including the Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA), CLA, NFU and Countryside Alliance have teamed up to demand changes ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, which sets future budgets for Government departments. One of the key priorities set out by the alliance is ensuring all decision-making processes are properly rural-proofed. In a letter to Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the … Continue reading Excellent Rural-Proofing Requests

The Rural Healthcare Desert

CSM EDITORIAL The Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress in May identified that the countryside is becoming a healthcare desert. Some rural patients are forced to take £100 taxi rides to make outpatient appointments at their nearest hospitals. The closure of small rural hospitals and GP practices is meaning larger and larger gaps in services. The chances of a ‘digital first’ NHS are also extremely … Continue reading The Rural Healthcare Desert

Town V Countryside?

BY JAMIE FOSTER The latest outbreak in the war between the town and the countryside was caused by Natural England rescinding the general licence for shooting pest species of birds after campaigning by anti-shooting group Wild Justice headed up by Chris Packham. The rescinding of the general licence has left farmers and landowners in the lurch with no way of controlling predatory species such as … Continue reading Town V Countryside?