In Liz We Truss?

BY JON ALEXANDER Could Liz Truss be our next Prime Minister? With Boris Johnson experiencing a rapid fall in popularity and a recent sizeable backbench rebellion, attentions have been diverted to who could be his successor. Step forward one Liz Truss, current Foreign Secretary and former Queen of the trade deals, a woman who has managed the unthinkable for politicians of late. She has just … Continue reading In Liz We Truss?

The Key to Everything

BY ALEX STORY The bell tolled for western civilisation on the 1st of July 2007. Some people will point to financiers. After all, they sold competence and instead delivered the Great Financial Disaster of 2008. The last was followed by a never ending tidal wave of Governmental incontinence, destroying trust and value in the process. Others will finger politicians across the decades for mistaking personal for … Continue reading The Key to Everything

A Tale of Christmas Past

BY IAN MITCHELL Nearly fifty years ago, I was working as an unauthorised clerk—the lowest of the white low—at Max Pollock and Fremantle, then the largest firm on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It was an easy job, which I owed to pure nepotism in that my then girl-friend’s cousin was a partner. I enjoyed both the easy work and the fact that the staff were … Continue reading A Tale of Christmas Past

Killing Rudolf, Killing Democracy

BY JOHN NASH This week, being close to the warm and optimistic celebration of Christmas and the season of goodwill towards everyone, the Mail on Sunday (MOS) ran a piece of hate-speech about British hunters going to Iceland to kill reindeer for “fun”, and “sharing gruesome pictures online of slaughtered reindeer on a pre-Christmas trip”. By some amazing coincidence,  the Daily Star discovered this very … Continue reading Killing Rudolf, Killing Democracy

Informed By Policy

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE One journalist has revealed what many have long suspected: that the advice given by SAGE is anything but sage. I refer to the scandal which now surrounds the government body’s endless modelling of questionably high death figures – not since Kate Moss’ party days has a modelling scandal involved so many illicit highs. Through a series of well-placed questions, the Spectator’s Fraser … Continue reading Informed By Policy

The Reign of Experts

BY FREDERICK EDWARD Are you an expert? They seem to be everywhere nowadays. You can’t turn on the telly or read the news without an ‘expert’ passing their judgement on something. ‘Humanity to be extinct by tea-time next Wednesday,’ will claim one, ‘unless garden hosepipe ban immediately introduced.’ Invariably, a COBRA meeting will follow this pronouncement, with Generalissimo Johnson appearing before the nation looking like … Continue reading The Reign of Experts

The Sleeping Giant II

BY DAVID EYLES For some time now, it has been apparent that something is happening in the world of politics. I don’t mean the stupid office parties during lockdown. What I mean is that large numbers of people are hugely disappointed in Boris and his government – and are beginning to feel completely disenfranchised. The dismal state of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition has only added … Continue reading The Sleeping Giant II

Isle of Wight Zoo’s Covid Appeal

BY NIGEL BEAN As our regular readers will be well aware, the Editor of this magazine and I are in the middle of a legal dispute with the BBC’s Chris Packham and his charity the Wildheart Trust, now cynically renamed the Wildheart Sanctuary, which runs the Isle of Wight zoo. Well, when this charity recently reported their financials to the Charity Commission, we uncovered yet … Continue reading Isle of Wight Zoo’s Covid Appeal

France’s Forgotten Farmers

BY ROCHELLE BLAKEMAN I always thought the French cared about their farmers more than the British. Much like in Italy, French culture holds food as sacrosanct. We Brits drench everything in lard and grease apparently, much to the dismay of some of my international friends – especially up North. We’re much more likely to eat casually whilst watching Coronation Street whilst our European cousins (especially … Continue reading France’s Forgotten Farmers

Proscribing Death

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE The past two years have seen so-called ‘green’ and ‘egalitarian’ politicians attempt to ward off that most green and egalitarian thing: death. The pitiless debt collector for whom our every heart murmur, every latent lump, and every shadow-ridden scan serves as a reminder of our outstanding balance. When it came to Covid, politicians thought they could write this debt off, but in … Continue reading Proscribing Death

Scorsese on Marvel

BY ANDREW MOODY There has been some recent debate within Hollywood about the merits, (positive or negative) surrounding the industry’s focus on making Marvel Superhero films, especially given their popularity within the millennial generation. Nobody has been more outspoken than fabled film director Martin Scorsese, who after an October 2019 interview for UK film magazine Empire, was forced to write a follow up in November … Continue reading Scorsese on Marvel

Airheads & Con-Artists

BY JOHN NASH On 10th December, our beloved government issued a press release stating that they would ban the importation of hunting trophies. This was a government press release, issued by unelected Zac Goldsmith and his new glove puppet, George Eustice, MP, so it is undeniably official government stuff. There is absolutely no scientific or factual reason to create such a ban. Without digging through … Continue reading Airheads & Con-Artists