CSM EDITORIAL Home Secretary Suella Braverman has a bit of easy work to do. Proscribing Animal Rising would be popular and in the national interest. This is a group of activists in the same mould as Just Stop Oil or Extinction Rebellion but they have shown they are willing to use fear to terrorise targets. Just look at what Animal Rising cadres have been up … Continue reading Proscribe Animal Rising
BY NIALL MCCRAE AND ROGER WATSON Protests and protestors do not have a good reputation in the mind of the public, being characterised by self-righteous agitators pursuing marginal and possibly subversive causes, while causing disruption to others. This image suits the authorities, but it is not always sustainable. People attending massive demonstrations, like that against war in Iraq in 2002 and 2003, could not be … Continue reading Covid Rule Sceptics & the Countryside: Different Battles, Same War?
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Last week I was driving down a steep hill on the motorway when something white on the lane inside caught my eye. At first it looked like a torn white plastic bag – the kind one gets from a kebab house or chippie. Then, as I got closer, I saw some cars in front swerving to avoid it. The true misery of … Continue reading For the Love of Creatures
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The second year in a row and we find a bird of prey conveniently turns up dead two weeks before the grouse shooting season starts on 12th August. Last year it was a Hen Harrier caught in a trap – an incident that appears to have been staged to catch the headlines; an incident carefully designed not only to … Continue reading Who Killed the Sea Eagle?
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Attend an Extinction Rebellion meeting and there are dozens of iPhones and laptops on show. Did you know you can buy Extinction Rebellion decals to stick on your car bumper – you know, near the exhaust pipe? Visit the anti-capitalists at Momentum headquarters and the place is more dripping in capitalist tech than you’d imagine. There’s a Fairtrade café in Bristol cram-packed … Continue reading Machine Hypocrisy