Don’t Panic!

BY STEWART SLATER “To lose one by-election is a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness.” Although widely predicted, there are signs that Conservative MPs, facing the loss of the highest-paid job most of them are “qualified” for, are rolling out their headless chicken impression or, in another avian metaphor, starting to think that by failing to dislodge the Prime Minister in the recent confidence … Continue reading Don’t Panic!

Hunting With Dogs (Scotland) Bill

BY CAPTAIN ED SWALES The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act was passed in 2002 and whilst the title of this legislation sounds admirable enough, in fact its real aim was to do nothing other than ban hunting with dogs. At least this time around in the Scottish Government’s ‘salami slicing’ process of eroding our civil and rural liberties quietly and over a period of … Continue reading Hunting With Dogs (Scotland) Bill

Too Little Wheat, Too Much Makeup

BY JIM WEBSTER During first lockdown, behind the scenes, major retailers performed logistical miracles. As a farmer I’m not somebody who is prone to praise them, but in spite of ridiculous levels of panic buying (there are people out there who won’t need to buy toilet paper for another couple of years) the retailers managed to keep the show on the road. During lockdown I … Continue reading Too Little Wheat, Too Much Makeup

Saint Greta’s Flames

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Last week, on Earth Day 2022, a gentleman called Wynn Bruce, an American Buddhist, set himself on fire at the US Supreme Court to protest the lack of action on – and lack of education to prepare people for – ‘the climate crisis’. Only one small newspaper reported Bruce’s death as being associated with climate issues. On social media many have been … Continue reading Saint Greta’s Flames

Investigative Journalists, Where are You?

BY BERT BURNETT Dear Editor, We have a growing number of people having to choose between heat or food, relying more and more on food banks. Mental health issues are on the up alongside homelessness and child poverty, all apparently created in great part because there is not enough funding to cover the issues. By contrast over the last couple of decades we have seen … Continue reading Investigative Journalists, Where are You?

Ukraine Effects: A Farmer’s Thoughts

BY JIM WEBSTER On the agricultural front, so far nothing has really been said in the West, although I’ve noticed a couple of the papers starting to run stories about possible food shortages. Apparently the Chinese government, which seems to think about these things rather more than our governments do, has stockpiled 70% of world maize stocks, 51% of world wheat stocks and “enormous quantities … Continue reading Ukraine Effects: A Farmer’s Thoughts

Welsh Senedd’s Fieldsports Lunacy

Dear Editor, I was shocked to read an article recently which suggested that the Welsh Senedd planned for Wales to be country sports free by 2024. The decision was apparently made together with Natural Resources Wales. Over the next year the Senedd is to look at ways to implement a total ban. When challenged on their announcement, the Senedd refused to make a comment or … Continue reading Welsh Senedd’s Fieldsports Lunacy

Crowdfund Update: Cheers All

BY THE EDITOR Dear All, Just a quick update on the Crowd Justice campaign for the ‘Packham 3’ – a crowdfund which goes straight to the lawyers which is progressing nicely and proving a very popular cause. The independent organisers have done a sterling job as we would expect given their pedigree and professionalism. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. If you’ve not … Continue reading Crowdfund Update: Cheers All

Toil & Trouble

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It was one of the odder calls I have received: A colleague telephoned, “Dom there’s a witch from Wales after you”.  “I thought Ruth Tingay was based in Scotland?” I replied, confused. “No, this is another one. An actual black witch animal rights loon! You know, as in evil black. Black Witch of Salem! The Witches of Macbeth! She runs a business … Continue reading Toil & Trouble

Urban Fox Hunting: Worth Considering?

BY ROGER WATSON Over twenty years ago when I lived with my family in the halls of residence at The University of Edinburgh the best time of the year was the Christmas break when the students went home. Only a handful of families who served as wardens remained and we had twenty two frosty acres, under the shadow of Arthur’s Seat to ourselves. One evening … Continue reading Urban Fox Hunting: Worth Considering?

Hunting Leaks: Ministry of Lies

BY THE EDITOR Before this weekend I’d never heard of the group Hunting Leaks. They sound like a plumbing firm or a cabinet audit committee. As it turns out, a brand of incontinence pads would be more applicable. I was amused to hear that this group, replete with balaclava crusties and mad cat women, were so flustered as to concoct a ‘take-down’ of me – … Continue reading Hunting Leaks: Ministry of Lies

The Lake District: How to Turn an Emergency into a Catastrophe

BY ROGER WATSON The Lake District, that jewel in the Cumbrian crown of England, is a case study in how mismanagement of what transpired to be essentially just another virus can lead to near economic catastrophe. After all, Covid-19 did the usual things that viruses do. Although not exclusively—it hastened the demise of people whose demise was imminent along with people in certain ‘at risk’ … Continue reading The Lake District: How to Turn an Emergency into a Catastrophe