Taste of Your Own Medicine

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Dominic Lawson wrote in the Daily Mail on Monday how Extinction Rebellion Founder Roger Hallam was one of the coordinators of Insulate Britain, the idiots blocking Britain’s motorways. Dominic wrote how: ‘Hallam – the actual founder of Insulate Britain – has not put himself out. This is the Roger Hallam who has been telling his acolytes what to do either from his … Continue reading Taste of Your Own Medicine

Ex Optimal

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I am acquainted with two talented painters. Both have failed. One paints works that appear unfinished and vague. The other paints pieces that seem beyond optimal – like the drawing rooms of clutterers, who display too much porcelain or dangle trinkets from over-decorative curtain finials, he overpaints past the point of optimum into an unrealistic and ragged chintz. By the former artist … Continue reading Ex Optimal

PayPal a Lifeline for Scamming Sabs

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Like with most companies which Peter Thiel is linked to, PayPal is a seriously impressive operation. Certainly, it has no need to be supporting hunt saboteurs’ insipid grifts, which are so clearly bogus that one wonders how idiotic the sabs’ useful idiot following has become. Take two recent examples: PayPal has been told of these recent scams as have the UK authorities. … Continue reading PayPal a Lifeline for Scamming Sabs

Moorland DOES Matter

BY DR STEVE CARVER Steve Carver replies to Dominic Wightman’s review of Ian Coghill’s book “Moorland Matters”: It matters for a whole host of reasons including carbon storage, water supply, flood mitigation, biodiversity and wildlife habitats. For Ian Coghill it matters for grouse, and though he rarely shoots them himself (he’s not a rich man and is at pains to point this out) he has … Continue reading Moorland DOES Matter

Doom on the Horizon?

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN In 2018 Mark Carney, then Governor of the Bank of England, warned that inescapable automation and AI are to blame for wage stagnation that is like that of the nineteenth century, which helped give birth to Communism in the twentieth: “If you substitute platforms for textile mills, machine learning for steam engines, Twitter for the telegraph, you have exactly the same dynamics as … Continue reading Doom on the Horizon?

Tom

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Tom was omnipresent on the River Yealm. I often wondered whether he was real, as sometimes one imagines the dead come back to earth for the day when lookalikes of the deceased pass by in buses and cars – dead ringers, one might call these day-trippers. Over these last years someone or something was expertly catching those brown and sea trout – … Continue reading Tom

Moorland Matters

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Trying to brush up on eco matters in light of recent events, I took it upon myself to read Ian Coghill’s ‘Moorland Matters: The Battle for the Uplands against Authoritarian Conservation’ when the publisher, Quiller, sent through a review copy to the magazine. I chose well. This is a masterful book and it’s written in such a refreshing way. It offers such … Continue reading Moorland Matters

Beautiful Buxton

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I am not fond of business meetings on Saturdays. I treasure the weekends – time to spend with the family. Nonetheless, a trip to Buxton did seem appealing. The elegant town that is Buxton has been welcoming visitors to enjoy its natural thermal springs and superb setting three hundred metres above sea level since Roman times. Known then as Aquae Arnemetiae, or … Continue reading Beautiful Buxton

Packham Targets CSM Editor

CSM EDITORIAL Yesterday afternoon, the Editor of this magazine received a legal threat via BBC ‘Wildlife Personality’ Chris Packham’s lawyers, Leigh Day, in relation to what Packham is claiming to be defamatory material contained in these four Country Squire Magazine articles: Packham’s Paper Tigers Heat Turns up on Chris Packham Fundraising Regulator Probes Wildheart Damning Video Footage Nails Packham The four articles are well worth … Continue reading Packham Targets CSM Editor

The Sacred Fox

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN We stumble across many weirdoes in our lives. It’s part and parcel of the interconnected environment within which we exist. In the pre-Internet era, green-inkers were relatively disempowered outliers who kept to themselves. They were Twitter-free curtain-twitchers and entirely Post-Office dependent. Nowadays all the nutters on the bus and spotty attic dwellers possess (literally) social media accounts. In 2021 ‘Care in the … Continue reading The Sacred Fox

Overplaying Postmodernism

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It is obvious that there are believers on both sides of the deficient Left-Right political spectrum who have substituted religion with other beliefs. People who have taken a leap of faith to believe all-out in an idea or theory. The primary aim of the conquistadores was Empire, sanctioned by concurrent conversions. In the case of the Left, the Wokerati engage in a … Continue reading Overplaying Postmodernism

Days of Illusion

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Two millennia ago, during a civil war in the Roman Republic, Octavian fought a disinformation war against Mark Anthony. Using verse and catchy slogans printed on to coins, Octavian swayed the Roman people with fake news – claiming that Cleopatra’s lover was a drunkard who disrespected Roman values. He eventually won the war. He became the first Emperor of Rome, ruling for … Continue reading Days of Illusion

Render Unto Caesar

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The advantage of church closures this year during lockdowns has been the emergence of Masses and other church services online. “How can virtual services be a positive?” I hear you traditionalists and conservatives chuntering. Well, first up, you can be as rude as you like about a priest’s sermon real-time, without having to put up with the death stares from the blue … Continue reading Render Unto Caesar