BY JOHN ISMAEL Why has Nicola Sturgeon not resigned as leader of the SNP? The SNP lost 476,867 voters compared to 2015 on June 8th – 33%. One in three of its voters! That’s nearly twice as many voters as the Scottish Tories lost when they were wiped out in Scotland in 1997 when John Major duly resigned. The SNP mantra over the last few … Continue reading Lame Duck Sturgeon Should Go
BY MANDY BALDWIN So, the irons have been pulled out of the fire and we didn’t have to face the terrifying prospect of Catweazle shuffling resentfully into the presence of our beloved Queen (or ‘Comrade Windsor’, as he no-doubt refers to her in his wildest dreams) to be given permission to surrender us to whatever poisons lurk in the mud. After a sleepless night watching … Continue reading Don’t Look Back in Anger
BY SAM WHITE It’s easy to distinguish the many decent Labour supporters out there—they’re the ones who are alarmed by the rise of Jeremy Corbyn. The ones who are as disturbed as anyone by the party leadership’s links to the IRA, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Who don’t want a leader that always sides with Britain’s opponents in times of conflict. A leader that voted against preventing … Continue reading Losing Labour’s Extremists Emboldened
CSM EDITORIAL So, Theresa May and the Conservatives miss a wide-open goal. May and her team – Nick Timothy, Fiona Hill, Sir Lynton and others – have achieved almost the opposite of what they sought to do by calling a General Election. They should depart as soon as possible. If it were not for the sterling efforts of Ruth Davidson north of the border, Britons … Continue reading May’s Authority is Shot
BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN When David Cameron took over the leadership of the Conservative Party I was very much unconvinced. History records I wasn’t alone. For when he first faced the electorate in 2010 (and doesn’t that seem a very long time ago), he was unable to persuade enough of us to hand him sufficient majority. It is often forgotten that the Conservative Government of 2010-2015 … Continue reading Which Way to Jump?
BY GARETH JOSEPH I’m a member of the Conservative & Unionist Party. I’d like you to imagine a situation where my party leadership election were to be overwhelmed by hard-right activists. A new leader is elected who had spent almost 40 years supporting Loyalist terror groups in Northern Ireland, despite the close alliance my party has with non-violent Unionists. This man spent his political life … Continue reading Supporting Corbyn is Immoral
Political betting has always been popular for the players who want something different in the betting world. Since William Hill announced their odds on General Elections in 1964, the popularity of political betting has increased enormously. Today, William Hill continues to announce betting tips for almost all events in the political world of Great Britain. The General Election in the United Kingdom will take place … Continue reading Political Betting at William Hill is Always a Challenge
BY BEN EAGLE They say that politics today is utterly unpredictable. However, unless I am very much mistaken, it’s looking increasingly likely that President May with her ‘hard’ Brexit Tory henchmen will be returned to Downing Street next month with quite a hefty majority of yes men and women on the green benches in the Commons, willing to pass Mrs May’s every wish. There will … Continue reading The Tory Manifesto: What’s in it for the Countryside?
BY ALEXIA JAMES UKIP’s leader Paul Nuttall has something of a reputation for fibbing. His more notorious fibs include losing close friends in the Hillsborough tragedy, having a PhD and playing football for Tranmere Rovers. Nuttall has now either apologised for those false claims or blamed them on others. There’s nothing that the British public detests more than a deceitful politician and social media has … Continue reading Ben Bradshaw: The New Paul Nuttall?
CSM EDITORIAL In 2015, polls just before the General Election were pointing to another hung parliament. There was a fear on the morning of the 7th of May that Ed Miliband might be able to somehow form a dreadful coalition government with Nicola Sturgeon. Slightly better, a Clegg-Cameron pact seemed a possibility also – a Tory majority seemed so distant that Lord Ashdown threatened to … Continue reading Tory Voters No Longer Shy
BY JON ALEXANDER “He didn’t sound like a Fishfinger” was the message I sent to my friend on Facebook. Having just finished a telephone interview with Westmorland and Lonsdale’s newest Parliamentary Candidate – Mr Fishfinger – that was all I could think to say. He’d been ever so kind to give Country Squire Magazine this exclusive opportunity, so I did not hesitate in dropping him … Continue reading The Mr Fishfinger Interview
BY BEN EAGLE For anyone who reads my blog it’s probably clear that I’m not overly happy with the direction our country has been going in recent years. The drive to ‘let the market decide’ has, I believe, gone too far and we have forgotten the benefits that collective support can bring, instead opting for some sort of inward-focused, individualistic journey through life. Don’t get … Continue reading Corbyn: Credit Where Credit’s Due
BY JOHN ISMAEL Exeter became a solitary red island in a sea of blue following the results of the General Election in 2015. Ben Bradshaw was one of very few Labour success stories in the 2015 vote as he increased his vote and saw off the challenge of the Conservatives’ Dom Morris who was unable to increase the Tory share of the poll in the city. … Continue reading Last Red in the South West
BY JON ALEXANDER Theresa May has come under fire for refusing to do a televised leadership debate in the run up to the general election and journalists have been complaining that she’s not doing enough media interviews. No one has actually acknowledged this quite brilliant strategy, in fact most of the Conservative Party seem to be following her lead. Why should she attend a TV … Continue reading May’s Strategy Pays Off
CSM EDITORIAL Our friends over at the Countryside Alliance have produced a memorable election manifesto for 2017, which we highly recommend. The Alliance Manifesto can be downloaded here. The five top rural priorities outlined by the Countryside Alliance’s Rural Charter are summarised as follows: Make Brexit work for the countryside Buy British by supporting our farmers and producers Repeal the Hunting Act and recognise the … Continue reading The Rural Charter
CSM EDITORIAL Any damage that the Conservative Party or the Liberal Democrats can do to the awful SNP in Scotland will be most welcome. There are several seats which could change hands in Scotland at the upcoming General Election, including the seat of Moray held by Angus Robertson, the SNP deputy leader. If, as polls currently predict, the SNP loses nine seats then Nicola Sturgeon’s … Continue reading The SNP, Hitler & the IRA
BY JOHN ISMAEL The dead cat strategy used in politics and in damage limitation strategies of corporate PR refers to the introduction of a dramatic, shocking, or sensationalist topic to divert discourse away from a more damaging topic. Boris Johnson summarised the strategy thus: “There is one thing that is absolutely certain about throwing a dead cat on the dining room table – and I don’t … Continue reading Dead Cat?
BY SAM WHITE There was something troubling about sections of the media’s sneering reaction to Ukip’s statement on the subject of face veils on Monday. The party wants to prohibit the custom of completely covering one’s face in public, as practised by some Muslims. As it’s the widely maligned Ukip who proposed it, the idea was met with a significant amount of derision. “Does this … Continue reading Veiling The Issue
BY JOHN ISMAEL It never fails to amaze me just how amateur British Politics can be. On the one hand the Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron is saying that this General Election is their great opportunity to become the party of opposition while Labour is going in a Corbyn-induced tailspin. On the other hand, you see the likes of this: Clegg was Deputy Prime Minister … Continue reading The Yellow Party
BY MANDY BALDWIN So, a general election has been called and immediately come the cries from fringe parties – notably the Greens and Lib Dems – for voting to be extended to sixteen-year-olds. They seem not to realise that by calling for those who are still legally children to be granted the most solemn honour a democracy can bestow, they automatically brand themselves as being … Continue reading Children Should Not Vote