An Open Letter to Penny Mordaunt

To: The Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon Penelope Mordaunt MP.   Dear Ms Mordaunt, Recuperating Taxpayers’ Funds “Once to every woman and nation, comes the moment to decide, In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side” To paraphrase the old hymn, You, Secretary of State, are at a great moment of truth. You can … Continue reading An Open Letter to Penny Mordaunt

No Walk in the Park for L&G

CSM EDITORIAL Local residents of Maidencombe, a rural community that is part of Torquay, are justified in raising their concerns about the re-emergence of plans to build a Las Vegas style complex of buildings on Sladnor Park, an oasis of nature.  History looks set to repeat itself as Keith Cockell and his latest retirement village platform, “Inspired Villages”, try once again to deliver his dream … Continue reading No Walk in the Park for L&G

Gove’s Torbay Countryside Champion Opportunity

CSM EDITORIAL On 6th December 2017 Country Squire Magazine published “All Eyes on Torbay” highlighting the fact that Torbay Council were in danger of chalking up an ignominious first – a refusal to re-designate Neighbourhood Forums. Fortunately, Country Squire can now reveal that on the 7th December 2017, in an atmosphere demonstrating massive public support, sense prevailed and, in the presence of a significant number … Continue reading Gove’s Torbay Countryside Champion Opportunity

All Eyes on Torbay Council

CSM EDITORIAL Torbay Council in Devon are in danger of chalking up an ignominious first – a refusal to re-designate Neighbourhood Forums. Neighbourhood Forums are a feature of the Tory/Lib Dem flagship Localism Act of 2011 which transfers a greater say in planning decisions to those most affected – the local communities. The great idea was that Local Authorities work with their communities to produce … Continue reading All Eyes on Torbay Council

CSM Christmas Competition 2017

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, It’s that time of the year for a Christmas Competition. The Editorial Team discussed many possible themes for this year’s competition including a treasure hunt, best-looking pooch and a lookalikes competition but then we were worn down to sighs. By the seriousness of these days and the whiskered, shell-suited threat that resides amongst us: Western industrial civilisation – which … Continue reading CSM Christmas Competition 2017

Auschwitz, Labour & Pilgrimages

CSM EDITORIAL This year the Labour Party Conference has brought few surprises. The usual undeliverable promises, which, on the face of it, seem attractive – the kind that in the real world are unworkable and get torn to shreds. The usual hypocrisy – the likes of Emily Thornberry, Lady Nugee, ranting about social housing when she’s a millionaire property landlady. The usual infighting – remainers … Continue reading Auschwitz, Labour & Pilgrimages

CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping

CSM EDITORIAL The CLA (Country Land and Business Association Limited) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. They have been safeguarding the interests of landowners, and those with an economic, social and environmental interest in rural land for more than 100 years. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales … Continue reading CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping

Mogg Jumps Farron Fence

CSM EDITORIAL There is unquestionably fear about Jacob Rees-Mogg coming from Britain’s political left. After a Good Morning Britain interview yesterday during which Rees-Mogg clarified his Catholic beliefs – that abortion is wrong, as is gay marriage – the Left were up in arms, sensing that this interview was the end of Moggmentum. Twitter was soon ablaze with the usual suspects, thinking that Rees-Mogg had done … Continue reading Mogg Jumps Farron Fence