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?

Rural Communities Ignored

CSM EDITORIAL The House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee report published over the weekend is to be welcomed. The extent to which rural economies have been run down by years of urban-focused policies, overseen by governments of all colours, is well exposed by the report and the Government must pay attention to its findings. It says rural communities have been ignored and underrated, and that the “clear … Continue reading Rural Communities Ignored

Prejudiced Purgers

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ What have Sven Van Hasselt, Greta Thunberg and Chris Packham got in common? They are fanatical campaigners and, incidentally, they all have Asperger’s syndrome. And that’s the part we just don’t understand, we in the UK have gone to great lengths and expense to investigate, diagnose and better inform the medical profession on certain types of conditions and disorders. … Continue reading Prejudiced Purgers

Schroders Caught Up in L&G Mess

CSM Legal & General’s charm offensive to its shareholders didn’t go unnoticed by the Squires yesterday morning. After a piece on the Today Programme describing how L&G would from now on only invest in sound companies and avoid any which were badly affecting our climate and environment, articles appeared across the Web like this one outlining L&G’s new approach. Companies that ignore environmental issues, planning … Continue reading Schroders Caught Up in L&G Mess

Newton Says No

BY NICK PEARCE The Squires have been told of a brilliant campaign for saving the English countryside. The campaign is called the Newton Say No Campaign and its website can be found here. Blinkered local planners are preparing to destroy a breathtakingly beautiful area and fill it with ugly roads and houses – utterly unacceptable when there are plenty of brown field sites around, and nearby … Continue reading Newton Says No