Grenfell

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Along with millions of people across the UK, I woke up to truly harrowing scenes reminiscent of Pathe Newsreel footage from the Blitz. It was startlingly obvious that the fire had ripped through the building with terrifying speed, and that those poor souls still waving desperately from their windows were in the gravest of danger. Broadcast directly to the nation’s breakfast table, … Continue reading Grenfell

Countryside Landscape Vandals

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Twenty years ago a restless youth spent an idyllic spring and summer working throughout Western Brittany. Last week, after far too long a delay, I finally managed to return for an all too brief seven days to what, for me, is the loveliest region in France. It’s clear some things haven’t changed during the last two decades. The warmth of the Breton … Continue reading Countryside Landscape Vandals

Untie the Hands of SIS

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I usually, for obvious reasons, carefully edit my articles on Country Squire Magazine. I haven’t with this one and I couldn’t care less. The evening had no business being so beautiful. With a warm May sun still high in the clear blue sky, the walk along the stony hillside path should have been lovely. It wasn’t. Bounding through the clover and dandelions, … Continue reading Untie the Hands of SIS

The Misrepresentation of Ethical

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Whilst I cannot claim expertise in the multitudinous idiosyncrasies of the English Language (a fact the once optimistic yet, alas, ultimately disenchanted publisher of my lesser-known novel Osprey would undoubtedly attest – if he still took my calls*), whenever the use of a particular word or phrase gains unexpected traction in general usage, it seems I cannot help but notice. Especially so when … Continue reading The Misrepresentation of Ethical

NHS: Astonishingly Profligate

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Here we go again. Another year, another crisis in the NHS. This time the ante has been well and truly upped by none less than the British Red Cross (BRC), which, coincidentally has a brand-new Director of Media. Former Digital Editor at (believe it or not) The Guardian, Polly Curtis has certainly hit the ground running. In a statement released on Friday, … Continue reading NHS: Astonishingly Profligate

Remembering Labour’s Crooks

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Following Dennis Skinner’s comments in last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour’s army of screeching social media supporters is making much of the investigation into Conservative Party spending two years ago ahead of the 2015 General Election. Up to two dozen MPs have reportedly been investigated for allegedly, let’s not try to dress this up, pulling a fast one over matters of election … Continue reading Remembering Labour’s Crooks

Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Three years ago I watched in stunned amazement as a Qatar Airlines jet was escorted into Manchester Airport. Its captain had reported that a threat had been made against the aircraft and the RAF was sent to intervene. Thankfully it was just a hoax. Some poor passenger had lost his mind and claimed to have a bomb. Seeing the heavily-armed fighter shepherd … Continue reading Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn

The Clean Diesel Myth

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Well who’d a thunk it? Diesel was supposed to be the Great Green Hope. At least it seemed that way at the turn of the century, when our then Magnificent Leader (currently making a few quid here and there having helped to make the Middle East a nicer kinda place) joined with his conniving cabal of continental cronies to tax everyone out of … Continue reading The Clean Diesel Myth

From Autoroute to Hell

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Nobody would have claimed it was Spring, but late February was pleasantly and unusually warm. A change of season, with all of its potential, was definitely in the air. Having taken breakfast at the harbour’s edge, I eased the car onto the motorway slip road. A thin layer of high cirrostratus filtered the climbing sun; it was perfect weather for the long … Continue reading From Autoroute to Hell

How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I realised my mistake straight away. Rather than add to the Saturday morning congestion of a busy, mixed-use street, I had opted to drive onto the wide, empty car park at the side of an NHS surgery. The moment I crossed the threshold, I saw the camera. The terms and conditions were printed on a small wall-mounted sign: vehicle owners must register … Continue reading How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys