BY JAMIE FOSTER George Soros, the Hungarian-American Billionaire investor has caused yet more furore as it has emerged that he has invested a further £100,000 in an anti Brexit organisation, Better for Britain, bringing the total invested by him up to £500,000. The main argument that Soros faces is that, as a foreigner, he is trying to interfere in British politics. Nick Timothy, in his … Continue reading Brits’ Satisfying Soros Payback
BY JAMIE FOSTER A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that top universities are using wealth screening organisations to spy on their alumni to discover if they are likely to make donations. Millions of graduates have had their details passed to such organisations. If their consent wasn’t obtained to do this, then the universities may have broken the law. A number of charities were fined last … Continue reading University Greed
BY JAMIE FOSTER Theresa May’s conference speech raised an important question this year. Is Simon Brodkin funny? The prankster, also known as Lee Nelson, (the persona he adopts for television), offered her a P45 from Boris during the speech. It was, at best, a weak joke, reliant upon the embarrassment it caused for its humour. Brodkin has staged a number of such high-profile stunts. He … Continue reading Is Simon Brodkin Funny?
BY JAMIE FOSTER Theresa May’s speech in Florence set out her government’s approach to Brexit in some detail. The message appears to be that the can is to be kicked down the road. A transitional arrangement that will last for an undetermined amount of time, believed to be two years, will see the UK remain in the single market, continue to pay into the EU … Continue reading Florence Failure
BY JAMIE FOSTER It emerged in a recent Daily Mail article that Tory MP Bob Stewart’s son has been the subject of abuse at school due to his father’s job. Appallingly the abuse was directed at him by a teacher who told classmates not to talk to him because his father is a Conservative. For a 13 year old this sort of situation must be … Continue reading Backing Bob
BY JAMIE FOSTER Everyone, it would appear, needs an enemy to define themselves by. Sadiq Khan, as Mayor of London, needs an enemy befitting his dignity as leader of one of the world’s most important cities. He can’t really pick a fight with the leader of Aberystwyth Town Council. Khan would appear a bully, willing to trade blows beneath his weight class. He also can’t … Continue reading The Wrath of Khan
BY JAMIE FOSTER The Supreme Court has issued its judgment – 8-3 – in favour of MPs being given the opportunity to vote on triggering Art 50. While I have the greatest respect for our independent judiciary, and while I have yet to read the judgment, it fascinates me to imagine that it could in anyway put the genie back in the bottle. As many of … Continue reading The Judgment – Time to Crow or Wait for Doves?
BY JAMIE FOSTER Many friends have given me extraordinary advice in my life. None more so as individuals than all of them collectively (although special mention and thanks must go to G and K; and C and L). My special skill to date has been ignoring it. Something has changed; the boy-man has evolved a tiny, incremental and hardly noticeable amount. Instead of apologising and … Continue reading Post Christmas Greens and Blues
BY JAMIE FOSTER Today the Supreme Court begins its hearing of the Brexit Challenge originally brought in the High Court by Gina Miller, a fund manager whose wealth has allowed her to ensure that the Courts review the lawfulness of the Government using prerogative powers to trigger Art 50. The Media has portrayed this case as a battle between unelected judges and the voting public. … Continue reading The Hearing
BY JAMIE FOSTER I do not recommend fevers. They tend to blind one to the beauty of health. I furthermore do not recommend believing that anything will cause a fever to pass before the appointed hour. There are certainly substances known to man that may delay the inevitable but those who believe with certainty that it is a matter of human preference are, in my … Continue reading Richmond Remembered
BY JAMIE FOSTER Today I heard the news that the Commons had rejected the SNP’s kind offer to hold yet another inquiry into whether Tony Blair misled parliament in the run up to the war in Iraq. I congratulate the Commons on rejecting this idea. To get to the bottom of that question with any degree of accuracy would require us to bankrupt the country. … Continue reading The Trial of Anthony Blair
BY JAMIE FOSTER I must be straight with you, Dear Reader. I’ve been receiving a little behind the scenes coaching from a proper chronicler of man’s humanity, who has pointed out to me, in no uncertain terms, that my current lyricism, brought on as it has been by the Winter-flu, is at the cost of my journalism, and not a reflection of my true self. … Continue reading Countryside Conceptions
BY JAMIE FOSTER A lot has happened in the last 24 hours. I have travelled a journey through a strange and magical land where animals share their silent beauty generously. I have cried inside with empathy for a lost self who has been reborn. I stomped my boots to the mellifluous toll of the church bells hoping to drum up business for the Lord. Beautiful … Continue reading The Call of Seaton Beach
BY JAMIE FOSTER We have reached a moment in history where it remains a mystery whether going to extremes is a voluntary action or an inevitable, equal and opposite reaction. It would appear clear that when the waves are crashing under our feet the best we can do is have faith in the Captain and the Boson. If one can’t tell one’s sparrows from one’s … Continue reading 50 Articles of Faith
BY JAMIE FOSTER There was always a danger when our highest court was called Supreme a time would come when we would have to discover whether a court can be both supreme and independent. A group of parliamentarians is currently lobbying the government to put off that moment and not to appeal a high court’s view, presumably in case a higher court takes a decision … Continue reading Laughter & Forgetting
BY JAMIE FOSTER Apparently the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary have decided that ‘Post-truth’ is the ‘Word of 2016’. They define post-truth as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ The media coverage of the release of the EFRA Committee Report on Animal Welfare in England: Domestic Pets … Continue reading What role the RSPCA in a post-truth world?
BY JAMIE FOSTER Dear James, I find myself compelled to write to you a second and hopefully final time. My first letter was heartfelt but far more widely read than I anticipated that it might be, and, I fear, occasionally misinterpreted. One of your friends, who I have agreed to neither name nor involve in this correspondence, told his radio listeners that my first … Continue reading A Second Open Letter to James O’Brien
EDITORIAL Since An Open Letter to James O’Brien from Country Squire’s Jamie Foster was published in this magazine on Monday it has been viewed 12,651 times. Just this morning (and this follow-up is being published before breakfast on Tuesday) there have been a thousand more views of this letter. By the time James takes the microphone for Tuesday’s show, no doubt thousands more will have read it. … Continue reading “What Don’t I Get?”
BY JAMIE FOSTER Dear James, Following the new fashion for writing letters to people unlikely to ever read, understand or be persuaded by them, I address this missive to you. For the benefit of those who may wish to read it and don’t know who you are, I will introduce you. You are the son of a hugely respected Telegraph journalist who made it to … Continue reading An Open Letter to LBC’s James O’Brien
BY JAMIE FOSTER Some people are born political, some achieve politics and some have politics thrust upon them. Families pass allegiances down to their children like heirlooms. The place you live can point to a party of least resistance. Many don’t really care and only half halfheartedly follow the crowd. For others it is a calling. I was given my politics by Robert Mugabe and … Continue reading Mugabe & John