Exmoor Memories

BY NIGEL BEAN My home is in the shires and we have some wonderful packs. I’ve had some great days – the Bicester and Whaddon chase, Warwickshire and Kimblewick to name a few. But my hunting heart lies down with the Exmoor fox hounds, affectionately known as the Stars of the West where, pre-ban, we had some amazing rides. My beloved Exmoor, the hunting Mecca … Continue reading Exmoor Memories

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Boris, Look Again at Trespass

CSM EDITORIAL We have all trespassed. Whether intentionally or unintentionally we’ve been on land we should not have been on. Perhaps we were exploring an old ruin or retrieving a ball. Maybe our map-reading skills got us lost or we saw a pretty stream we wanted to take a photograph of. Innocent enough? Perhaps trespassing shouldn’t be near the top of Boris’ or George Eustice’s … Continue reading Boris, Look Again at Trespass

Conservatives Must Reclaim Green

BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND I like many have made the long and tortuous journey from the Left of politics to the Right. As such, I feel afforded a viewpoint whereby the machinations of organised politics have never really fitted in anywhere along the linear spectrum at any given time. Now, in my mid-fifties, I find myself scratching my head over the notion of just how and … Continue reading Conservatives Must Reclaim Green

Poachers’ Paradise

BY NICK PEARCE Parts of rural Britain have become a ‘poachers’ paradise’ because of reductions in police manpower, according to Bridgwater and West Somerset’s MP, the Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger. Liddell-Grainger claims that a cynical disregard of rural crime by police forces has exposed livestock farmers to huge and unsustainable losses. Now, he says, the Government must prioritise the countryside as it implements its pledge to … Continue reading Poachers’ Paradise

Fly Tipping Solutions Do Exist

BY NICK PEARCE Fly Tipping is out of control. Cases are spiralling and the clean-up is getting ever more expensive. The stats do not lie: Since 2012, the number of incidents of white goods being abandoned in rural England has increased from 3,928 to 12,319. The incidents of illegal rubbish dumping in the countryside as a whole rose from 888 to 1,473 in the same … Continue reading Fly Tipping Solutions Do Exist

Farmers, New Enemy of Loons

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE How can one reconcile the two seemingly opposing ideologies of deindustrialisation and a want for endless housing? The answer: when the former is merely a means to bring about the latter. It’s no secret that climate change activism often acts as a front for hard-line socialism; indeed, the Extinction Rebellion protests held in London were marred by blood red demands to ‘bring … Continue reading Farmers, New Enemy of Loons

Love Animals, Hate Humans

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The antis have always been vicious and nasty – their comments vile. Just ask anyone involved in field sports. You get called a paedophile, pervert, sadist, psychopath and much more – although you do wonder how much of the insulting amounts to mere projection. Admittedly tensions were running high on both sides at the annual meet for the Carmarthenshire … Continue reading Love Animals, Hate Humans

Fighting Countryside Loneliness

Half a million older people don’t see or speak to anyone for five days a week, according to Age UK, while for almost four million of them, it’s the television – rather than friends or family – that keeps them company. But it isn’t just the elderly who are affected by loneliness. The Co-op and the British Red Cross have found that more than nine … Continue reading Fighting Countryside Loneliness

Mindless Horse Scarers Alert

BY NICK PEARCE Boxing Day is always a day to be wary of idiots. There are plenty of them about – often dressed in balaclavas and in black like wannabe Isil cowards. Their currency is fear. They do not care if women or children get caught up in their ideological battle to terrorise hunters or those nearby. They are already notorious. This year there is … Continue reading Mindless Horse Scarers Alert

Once Bitten Twice Shy

BY NIGEL BEAN The wannabe doctor Annabelle Lea is a product of a left wing educational system that has indoctrinated her all through her young life. #AnnabelleLea Each of Annabelle’s parents want banning from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and the Rotary club for raising this upstart. pic.twitter.com/8t1o1hUw2J — Mandy (@Kleesho) December 17, 2019 This is why Labour want the voting age lowered – so many of the … Continue reading Once Bitten Twice Shy

Perth Packham Protests

BY NICK PEARCE On Tuesday dozens of countryside workers staged a demonstration against TV presenter Chris Packham, claiming his campaign work is threatening their jobs. Gamekeepers and their families joined other rural workers outside Perth Concert Hall, where Packham was scheduled to give a talk. They held placards saying “Pack it in, Packham” and “Stop Threatening Our Jobs”. The BBC Springwatch presenter has faced criticism … Continue reading Perth Packham Protests

Up Yours Townies

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Did Thursday’s vote truly mark a seismic shift in British politics or merely reflect one that had occurred long ago? For now we bask in the spoils of victory, most prized amongst them being the look on Rumplecuckskin, John Bercow, as it dawned on him that his dream of a second referendum would remain forever thus. Oh to see hopelessness so visceral … Continue reading Up Yours Townies