LACS’ Lost Leaders

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ James Barrington, formerly League Against Cruel Sports (aka LACS) CEO, wrote an excellent article in Country Squire Magazine last week on the devastation of native wildlife through the myopic approach of animal rights zealots. It was clear these zealots despise field sportsmen/women with such obsessive fervour that they seek to denigrate them at every opportunity. They believe they are … Continue reading LACS’ Lost Leaders

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A Racist Countryside?

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE The hills and valleys of our National Parks are basked in bigotry, or so assert some mirthless toads at the BBC. Their latest effort to denigrate rural folk sees a section of Countryfile devoted to tackling the supposed barriers preventing ethnic minorities from venturing into the countryside. Sombre music plays as a man intones a damning report of England’s National Parks. We … Continue reading A Racist Countryside?

Reality-Free Civil Servants

BY JIM WEBSTER It struck me that you might want to open your village hall or community centre, so I thought I’d guide you through the new rules which can be found here. First there is a series of warnings: Many community facilities are also workplaces and those responsible for the premises should therefore be aware of their responsibilities as employers. The government is clear … Continue reading Reality-Free Civil Servants

Slicing the Chocolate Box

BY JIM WEBSTER It’s an interesting question, how soon should we open up the countryside and tourist hotspots to visitors. I thought I’d visit Towngill situated in the south of the beautiful Lake District and ask a selection of people. First I was chatting to George and Mary. They retired more than twenty years ago when George was sixty. He was something in the City, … Continue reading Slicing the Chocolate Box

Pity the Life of Grey

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Watching other people walk on grass whilst they themselves are stuck with concrete and tarmac has aroused an envy in Britain’s urbanites. Lock-downed townies have convinced themselves that it is the life of concrete and tarmac that we should pity. Those living under the hypnosis of concrete melancholy – for whom Nature must seem a distant stranger and urban sprawl a relentless … Continue reading Pity the Life of Grey

SNP’s Toxic LACS Relationship

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ After five years of trying to smear hunt folk with false allegations of illegal hunting up in Scotland using highly edited videos, the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) appear to have finally thrown in the towel. If you want to read an account of what happened from a newspaper that threw its weight behind the League’s tawdry campaign then … Continue reading SNP’s Toxic LACS Relationship

Poachers’ Paradise

BY NICK PEARCE Parts of rural Britain have become a ‘poachers’ paradise’ because of reductions in police manpower, according to Bridgwater and West Somerset’s MP, the Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger. Liddell-Grainger claims that a cynical disregard of rural crime by police forces has exposed livestock farmers to huge and unsustainable losses. Now, he says, the Government must prioritise the countryside as it implements its pledge to … Continue reading Poachers’ Paradise