Rural Communities Ignored

CSM EDITORIAL The House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee report published over the weekend is to be welcomed. The extent to which rural economies have been run down by years of urban-focused policies, overseen by governments of all colours, is well exposed by the report and the Government must pay attention to its findings. It says rural communities have been ignored and underrated, and that the “clear … Continue reading Rural Communities Ignored

Prejudiced Purgers

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ What have Sven Van Hasselt, Greta Thunberg and Chris Packham got in common? They are fanatical campaigners and, incidentally, they all have Asperger’s syndrome. And that’s the part we just don’t understand, we in the UK have gone to great lengths and expense to investigate, diagnose and better inform the medical profession on certain types of conditions and disorders. … Continue reading Prejudiced Purgers

No Deal Benefits for Farmers

BY CHARLES MACKIE The biggest threats to farming that a no-deal could bring are traditionally quoted as follows:  Loss of a tariff-free market. The UK will by default revert to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules until Free Trade agreements are signed. This will require goods to be exported and imported under the Most Favoured Nation rules with a range of tariffs applied to those goods. … Continue reading No Deal Benefits for Farmers

Effective Rural Pest Control

BY ADAM GALPIN I feel an overwhelming obligation from a personal point of view to defend first and foremost my job but also to speak out in defence of Farmers, Gamekeepers, Landowners and the voiceless prey animals which suffer or simply do not get the chance to exist where the management of predators is non-existent. On the 9th of January 2019 the Scottish Government announced … Continue reading Effective Rural Pest Control

A Message From the Countryside

BY ANNE RUTH For the first time in a long time, this Conservative Party Conference shall be attended by many furious exurbanites and rural folk. What the Conservative Party must start doing is begin engaging with these people – the people – who have been forgotten about. These are the millions of people across the UK who don’t stand out because of what they wear, … Continue reading A Message From the Countryside

The Impact of Upland Farming

BY DAVID EYLES In many ways, George Monbiot’s book Feral, is a curious amalgam of anecdote, ecological theory, polemic and autobiography. On two or three occasions, he seems to feel intimately and mystically connected to events (as he envisages them) in the distant geological past. These intense emotional experiences lead to ideas of a revelatory nature. So his nostrums for the correction of the UK’s environmental ills (as … Continue reading The Impact of Upland Farming

More Hunting Fake News

BY NIGEL BEAN I have already discussed in a previous article the pivotal role fake news played in securing the hunting ban in 2004 and gave the example of an article written by Anthony Bartlett, then public affairs editor for The Guardian. The article was mischievously entitled “Vets say hunted foxes die in agony” when in fact not one vet actually said that. The article … Continue reading More Hunting Fake News