The Power of the British Countryside

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Any 21st Century British political party operating without a Countryside Spokesperson should take a long, hard look at themselves. Official figures show that the UK rural population will increase by 6 per cent over the next decade as people choose to leave cities and settle in the countryside. 17.4% of Britons live in rural areas – 11,337,632 people. Cities may seem to … Continue reading The Power of the British Countryside

The Centre Must Not Hold

BY SAM HOOPER Calls for the Tories to pursue and embrace the non-existent “radical centre” are a dangerous Siren song for conservatism at a time when the country needs conviction and clarity of purpose. We must know what a Tory government will have to achieve, before thinking about the way in which it must win office, because simply “winning a majority” on the wrong terms … Continue reading The Centre Must Not Hold

Tory Britain, the Postmodern Version

BY SAM WHITE Tory Britain, you have to love it. It’s kind of a feckless experiment, like grenades-and-rape Sweden, or Justin Trudeau’s identity-free-post-national Canada. Or is it more like France, where they’re fashionably laissez-faire about external borders, but are constructing bulletproof walls around the Eiffel Tower? Or Germany, where mass sex attacks in the street are covered up, but a journalist gets a suspended sentence … Continue reading Tory Britain, the Postmodern Version

UKIP & Ernie

When Country Squire’s Dominic Wightman arrives in deepest Herefordshire at Ernie Warrender’s sprawling country house in the middle of nowhere, he’s met by Ernie holding a high-power blowtorch. For a moment Dominic considers turning his car around. However, after meeting Ernie, Dominic soon changes his mind. “Come on in,” says the affable Mr Warrender with a huge smile as he welcomes the Country Squire Editor … Continue reading UKIP & Ernie

Humourless

BY JAMIE FOSTER We have reached a point in time where being offended is a default reaction to anything said by a political opponent. Take the Gove example last week – on the Today programme Gove made a rather unremarkable joke about John Humphrys’ interview technique. “Sometimes I think coming into the studio with you John is a bit like going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom, … Continue reading Humourless

Reverse Weaponizing Alinsky

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Saul Alinksy died in California in June 1972. He is best known for his 1971 work Rules for Radicals about how to successfully run a movement for change. He is second best known for his acknowledgement to Lucifer. To many on the political right, Alinksy has become a hate-figure of Satanic proportions with a reputation for insidiousness allegedly personified of late by … Continue reading Reverse Weaponizing Alinsky

Resurrecting The Citizen Politician

BY SAM HOOPER After Brexit, attracting more exceptional citizen politicians and fewer mediocre career politicians is the next crucial step towards democratic renewal in Britain. A worthwhile article by new Labour MP Laura Smith for LabourList underlines the urgent need for more politicians who look and sound like contemporary human beings rather than cautious clones who have been training to become MPs their whole life. Laura Smith writes: … Continue reading Resurrecting The Citizen Politician

Trump’s Kryptonite

BY JOHN ISMAEL Ask a political scientist to come up with a formula for a radical entity that can most annoy Leftists. Who or what would you imagine that they would create? A reincarnation of the Reverend Ian Paisley? Andrew Neil perhaps? Enoch Powell? The late Andrew Breitbart? What about Michael Portillo? Imagine these political scientists with their imaginary cauldrons, concocting this anti-Leftist kryptonite. What … Continue reading Trump’s Kryptonite

Nordic Socialism not Venezuelan!

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It was no surprise last week to see the “journalist” Sam Kriss ditched by VICE and then suspended by the Labour Party after claims of sexual harassment. Labour hijacked by Momentum placers seems to attract such charmers. It was diverting to see that Kriss describes himself as an intellectual. Then again, these false promisers of Labour – he purportedly bragged to some … Continue reading Nordic Socialism not Venezuelan!