Countryside Alliance Attacked

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Recently the Countryside Alliance ran a survey to find out the extent of the abuse its members received online. They received 500 responses – 310 had received either death threats, photos of their children placed online alongside photos of their houses making the statement ‘we know where you live’. And the usual accusations of sadist, psychopath, bloodthirsty snob, child … Continue reading Countryside Alliance Attacked

No Compromise, No Appeasement

CSM EDITORIAL One of the comments left on the Mail on Sunday website this weekend in response to a Brexit article by Lord Lamont sums up the current mood amongst Brexiteers across the UK. There is real and mounting anger out there at the prospect of Theresa May sticking to her unpopular, half-in, half-out blancmange of a Brexit deal known as Chequers: “Those of us … Continue reading No Compromise, No Appeasement

Supporting the Rural Oscars

CSM EDITORIAL The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are returning for their 13th year and supporters of rural businesses are encouraged to nominate now. Thousands of nominations will be submitted honouring the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities. New to 2017 is a pub category, enabling you to celebrate your favourite rural local. … Continue reading Supporting the Rural Oscars

The Rural Charter

CSM EDITORIAL Our friends over at the Countryside Alliance have produced a memorable election manifesto for 2017, which we highly recommend. The Alliance Manifesto can be downloaded here. The five top rural priorities outlined by the Countryside Alliance’s Rural Charter are summarised as follows: Make Brexit work for the countryside Buy British by supporting our farmers and producers Repeal the Hunting Act and recognise the … Continue reading The Rural Charter

In the Trenches of the Grouse Wars

BY LIAM STOKES The grouse wars were never a battle I wanted to fight. In a landscape as complex as ours, in which competing and contradictory interests are held in tension and resolved through constant dialogue, conflict is supremely unhelpful. There are, however, people who struggle with complexity, people who argue that complicated situations are actually simple situations made to appear complicated by an elite … Continue reading In the Trenches of the Grouse Wars