BY CAPTAIN ED SWALES Rural Britain is being eradicated, quietly, in the back halls of Westminster, Stormont, Cardiff and Holyrood, by the sour ingredients of a damaging cocktail of misguided urban political correctness, ‘virtue signalling’ and woke agendas. As they used to say in the Army, when unexpectedly under attack…. “Stand To!”. In reality, this threat is from a tiny minority of animal rights extremists, … Continue reading Hunting Kind
BY NIALL MCCRAE AND ROGER WATSON Protests and protestors do not have a good reputation in the mind of the public, being characterised by self-righteous agitators pursuing marginal and possibly subversive causes, while causing disruption to others. This image suits the authorities, but it is not always sustainable. People attending massive demonstrations, like that against war in Iraq in 2002 and 2003, could not be … Continue reading Covid Rule Sceptics & the Countryside: Different Battles, Same War?
BY NICK PEARCE As the Edinburgh Evening News reports: ‘Depraved’ Edinburgh animal rights extremist caught with hoard of child rape and murder films. A perverted animal rights activist caught with a horrific collection of movies depicting children being raped and murdered has escaped a jail sentence. Neil Hansen, 54, downloaded a “depraved” collection of films of young children being sexually abused after meeting fellow sickos … Continue reading Animal Rights Offender ‘Depraved’
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The Charity Commission have certainly not helped the countryside with their apparent willingness to permit every extremist animal rights group to claim charity status. It’s natural for these fundraising groups to seek out mainstream credibility and to appear at least half decent to the outside world. With charity status they claim respectability and tax free income. They are more … Continue reading Really? Is that Charity?
From The Countryside Alliance yesterday: “BBC presenter and activist Chris Packham found himself engulfed in a social media storm this week, after being called out publicly for making incorrect claims on Twitter about veganism in the UK. In an extraordinary tweet , Mr. Packham brazenly claimed: “So half a million people have signed up to veganuary to reduce their food-related carbon footprint by 73 per … Continue reading Pinocchio Packham Strikes Again
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Last week I was driving down a steep hill on the motorway when something white on the lane inside caught my eye. At first it looked like a torn white plastic bag – the kind one gets from a kebab house or chippie. Then, as I got closer, I saw some cars in front swerving to avoid it. The true misery of … Continue reading For the Love of Creatures
BY JAMES BARRINGTON Asking what methods of wildlife management anti-hunting or anti-shooting groups actually support, as opposed to the activities they are keen to condemn, should always be part of any debate surrounding field sports. The usual response is either a deafening silence or an idealistic ‘leave it all to nature’. Practical examples of how these alternative models of the countryside might look tend to … Continue reading The Blindness of Zealots
From November 25th to December 1st Great British Game Week will be celebrated. In its sixth year, this promises to be the biggest Game Week yet, championing the finest wild game meat that Britain has to offer. Great British Game Week is a collaboration between the Countryside Alliance, the British Game Alliance and Taste of Game. They are joining forces to promote game throughout the length … Continue reading Great British Game Week
COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE Criminals targeting Churches and religious buildings in the UK are responsible for over 20,000 crimes in under 3 years – a rate of 19 a day nationwide. A report carried out by the Countryside Alliance, released to members on Monday (4th November 2019), into lead theft and criminal activity on local Churches found 2, 605 cases of violence, 4,578 of criminal damage and … Continue reading Rural & Urban Church Crime
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
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
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
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
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