Dead-End Streeting

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE & DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Just a month ago, as Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party was thrown in the air by Beergate, commentators began to laud the Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Wes Streeting. Here was a man who: “Should be the next Labour leader” New Statesman. “Is the saviour Labour desperately needs?” Financial … Continue reading Dead-End Streeting

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Important Update: The Packham 3 Defamation Case

BY THE EDITOR Dear All, Our legal team have today summarised the current state of play in the High Court case brought by Chris Packham against me, Nigel Bean and Paul Read (brought against us as individuals, not against the magazine). The summary can be read on the Crowd Justice site here or below the separator on this page. In short, despite the generosity of … Continue reading Important Update: The Packham 3 Defamation Case

Friday 13th Update: Packham 3

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN A brief update for all you generous supporters of the 3 of us defending our articles and other content in the much-anticipated Packham defamation case. Today our legal team is expected to receive a reply to our defences from the Claimant’s solicitorvists. Our lawyers will then be discussing the case over coming days with counsel and deciding how we progress from there.  … Continue reading Friday 13th Update: Packham 3

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

Crowd Justice: Easter Update

Dear All, A brief update to say thanks so much to everybody. The Crowd Justice fund reached its first £20k target 10 days early and is now accumulating its way to the stretch target. After the amended defences were sent in, the team took a breather during Easter week. My co-defendants and I were exhausted as we’ve been at this, alongside our day jobs, full-on … Continue reading Crowd Justice: Easter Update

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

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 Countryman

BY THE EDITOR Natural historian, broadcaster, columnist, countryside campaigner, farmer and national treasure, Sir Johnny Scott has had “The Countryman – Through the Seasons” published by Quiller, and it’s a treasure trove of countryside knowledge and anecdotes, some of which inevitably lead to a good chuckle. A series of vignettes of British country life across the seasons – which, I am ashamed to say, I … Continue reading The Countryman

Maskirovka

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The 1944 Soviet Military Encyclopaedia refers to: “means of securing combat operations and the daily activities of forces; a complexity of measures, directed to mislead the enemy regarding the presence and disposition of forces.” Russian military deception, known as maskirovka (Russian for ‘disguise’), contributed to major Soviet victories including the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Kursk. In both these cases, … Continue reading Maskirovka

And Never the Twain Shall Meat

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN This odd and ongoing trend for producers of vegan food to describe their products as ‘meat’ products seems, at base, a mere marketing ploy to convince meat eaters to have a try. People ask, ‘Why do people who hate meat name their food after meat?’ but it’s the manufacturers doing the naming, rarely the vegans. After all, why would proud vegans want … Continue reading And Never the Twain Shall Meat

The CSM Weight Loss Challenge 2022

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE I have long suspected that New Year’s resolutions are merely a means to distract people from their otherwise dull and insipid lives. So, it came as no surprise when my Editor, Dom Wightman, told me he intended to make one himself. Finding these resolutions about as stimulating as a Coleen Nolan tabloid ‘tell-all’, I soon lost interest in the conversation and replied … Continue reading The CSM Weight Loss Challenge 2022

Reforming Petschek

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Around this time of year some time ago I was sitting outside a café in snowy but sunny Prague overlooking the rather nondescript building of the Ministry of Industry, also known as Petschek’s Palace, near the top of the city’s Wenceslas Square. I remember happily puffing on a cigar being talked to by a superfluously chatty yet elegant Spanish acquaintance who thought … Continue reading Reforming Petschek

Silos & Narrow Definitions

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN We are told that: ‘good uncles take an active part in their nieces and nephews’ lives. They spend time with them, offer valuable perspective on the family, and help resolve conflicts. They’re people who children and parents can both trust with difficult subjects and to advocate for their interests.’ By this definition an uncle who cannot even recognise most of his nephews … Continue reading Silos & Narrow Definitions

Momentum Lost

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Two years ago they were still a formidable force feared by the Conservatives. Today Momentum is dead. Like other Marxist groups that have splintered before the Tories’ eyes over the centuries, Momentum now suffer from a terminal case of the People’s Front of Judea syndrome – meetings about meetings, low vote levels required to pass policies, and a surplus of lunatics. These … Continue reading Momentum Lost