CSM EDITORIAL Not many of you, Dear Readers, likely care much for circuses. Circuses have become unfashionable. Public opinion tends to go along the lines of: “creatures are better off in their own habitats rather than locked away in zoos or made to perform in circuses.” However – whatever you think of them – circuses are a useful historical example for where the BBC has … Continue reading BBC Partisanship – The Smoking Gun
CSM EDITORIAL Today’s coverage in the Daily Mail about the BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham comes at a time when the Fundraising Regulator are already investigating whether the terminology in Packham’s fundraising, along with the fundraising strategy of his girlfriend’s Isle of Wight zoo (run by the Wildheart Trust of which Packham is a trustee), have been fit and proper. As the Mail article and … Continue reading BBC Should Now Suspend Packham
CSM EDITORIAL This magazine is proud to publish the writings of Effie Deans. She writes clear and illuminating articles – often to highlight the nonsense going on up north over the border as Sturgeon’s mayoralty gets a tad too big for its wee booties. The downside to publishing Effie’s work is the kickback that the magazine receives from the so-called cybernats. These comprise the SNP … Continue reading England’s Cyber Nats
CSM EDITORIAL What a strange world we live in! Who would have thought that we’d be laid low by a flu-like virus in 2020? These are extraordinary times and – although some think there has been an overreaction – we need now to look out for each other to get through this tunnel and into the light. Those who wondered how the country might unite … Continue reading Unity at Last?
BY THE EDITOR Dear All, This is a big year for our magazine as we venture towards a physical version. In the meantime I have had my arm held in a Chinese Burn by younger members of the Country Squire Magazine team to do something about making our magazine’s Twitter presence more “sticky”. (I had not heard this use of the epithet before either – … Continue reading CSM Dog of the Week
CSM EDITORIAL Of course the NHS is important, as is the economy which helps fund it. ABL – anyone but Labour in charge of the economy should be capable of ensuring that both stay alive and, as Brexit uncertainty dies down, the business people of Britain stand ready to do what they do best, hopefully assisted by some tax cuts which can draw in foreign … Continue reading The Brexit Election
CSM EDITORIAL Jeremy Corbyn claimed yesterday that the Conservatives are no longer the party of farmers and rural communities, that the Tories’ willingness to take the UK out of the EU without an agreement paves the way for “devastation” of the agricultural sector comparable to Margaret Thatcher’s coal mine closures in the 1980’s. His pitch at the UK countryside appeared to be based on a … Continue reading Oil & Water – Corbyn & the Countryside
CSM EDITORIAL The Prisons Minister Rory Stewart’s interview in the Spectator about wanting to become Prime Minister would have been more appropriate for April Fool’s Day, frankly. Mr Stewart has become the spokesman from the May bunker and his noble efforts at bridging Number 10’s delusions and the grim reality of the baying electorate have not gone unnoticed. He is the Comical Ali – the … Continue reading Comical Stewart
CSM EDITORIAL Since before the EU Referendum in June 2016 the Remain side has sold Project Fear. The constant warnings about Brexit have ranged from medicine shortages to grounded planes. Many of these threats have come from EU sources. The EU are clearly worried that the UK might just leave without making them a large payment and without staying in their system for another 24 months … Continue reading The EU Creaks
CSM EDITORIAL As our Prime Minister Theresa May enters the home straight of Brexit negotiations she would do well to prioritise threat levels – away from her advisers. While Brexit negotiations are important, by far the greatest threat to the United Kingdom – aside from a no deal Brexit or hordes engaged in street unrest following a failure to deliver Brexit – is Corbyn. That’s … Continue reading God Bless the DUP
CSM EDITORIAL As Jamie Foster and I addressed our Ultimate Burgers in the sunny garden of a café we like to frequent, we both sighed. This was the life. The sun roasting. A cool beer close to hand, the burger’s beef & bacon from free range suppliers Devon Rose, the hand baked buns from Hobbs House Bakery & salad sourced from the Severn Project. Together with the … Continue reading Was there an EU March?
CSM EDITORIAL From Anglophile Donald Trump’s seat at the Resolute Desk – a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880, built from the English oak timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute – Britain does not seem so friendly after all. One would even forgive President Trump looking across the Atlantic these days and preferring Monsieur Macron to Mrs … Continue reading Resolute, Trump
CSM EDITORIAL This year the Labour Party Conference has brought few surprises. The usual undeliverable promises, which, on the face of it, seem attractive – the kind that in the real world are unworkable and get torn to shreds. The usual hypocrisy – the likes of Emily Thornberry, Lady Nugee, ranting about social housing when she’s a millionaire property landlady. The usual infighting – remainers … Continue reading Auschwitz, Labour & Pilgrimages
CSM EDITORIAL Attacks involving acid and other corrosive liquids have soared by nearly a third in the UK in the last two years. Running against the grain of a global rise in acid attacks mostly against women, the UK’s acid attacks are mostly perpetrated against men. A total of 242 people were either injured by or threatened with harmful substances compared with 186 in the … Continue reading Life Sentences for Acid Attackers
CSM EDITORIAL Raising the volume on a second Scottish Independence Referendum by Nicola Sturgeon is just games. She has said it’s Westminster playing games in that the Tory Government are heading for a “hard” Brexit and playing games with Scotland’s future. The reality is that the SNP – in line with their Irish blood-brothers, the IRA and Sinn Fein – look to stab the England-headquartered … Continue reading Laboured Contrivance