Lord Ashcroft is Wrong about Trophy Hunting

BY JOHN NASH Earlier in May, The Mail published a piece by Graham Boynton explaining that our beloved government’s proposed Ban on the Importation of Hunting Trophies would be very, very bad for the remote people and wild animals of southern Africa. He wrote that supporters of the ban, including Lord Ashcroft, “have good intentions no doubt but, according to many Africans, their proposals are … Continue reading Lord Ashcroft is Wrong about Trophy Hunting

Cecil

BY JOHN NASH Oh, dear. A cruel and evil trophy hunter has murdered, for money, one of Africa’s last great bull elephants, an elephant that many tourists were clamouring to see. He could have provided thousands of photo-tourists with unknown years of pleasure. Now the poor people of Botswana have been deprived of years of tourist income, the magnificent bull has lost his right to life, and the … Continue reading Cecil

Animals Abroad Bill Bites the Dust

BY JOHN NASH On 12th March, the Mirror online ran the “exclusive” and tragic news that “Boris Johnson has ditched the Animals Abroad Bill” – you know, that one that would have banned the importation of hunting trophies and saved more wild animals than Noah. Apart from the fact that Boris hasn’t personally ditched the cretinous proposal, the article was the usual Mirror fake-news eco-hate-speech, this … Continue reading Animals Abroad Bill Bites the Dust

Greenwoke

BY JOHN NASH On February 26th, regular readers of CSM will have enjoyed Roger Watson’s delightful spud-bashing memories of child slavery, reminding us all how comfortable UK life has become over the last seventy years or so. Without going as far as Monty Python’s funny Four Yorkshiremen sketch, things were harder then, but, because we are optimistic humans, two things happened. We have banned many dangerous and … Continue reading Greenwoke

Land of Woke and Tory

BY JOHN NASH Dear CSM Reader, There was a brief flurry of snowflakes earlier in January, when Adam Hart appeared on BBC Countrybile, the Beeb’s fluffy programme for neurodivergent urban armchair-farmers. Apparently, Mr Hart did a relevant piece about a very real problem – the rising tide of wild deer in the UK.  As erudite and intelligent readers of CSM understand perfectly well, deer are horny … Continue reading Land of Woke and Tory

Mere Role Play

BY JOHN NASH Humans have always been hunters (and many still are, for reasons of everyday subsistence, therapy, sport, field management, pest control and so on) and it is an unassailable fact that we were hunters long before we were humans. So, if I may, I would like to poke a word or two in edgeways through the waterfall of infantile, woke revisionism that cascades over … Continue reading Mere Role Play

The Cancer at the Heart of Extremist Animal Rights Lunacy

BY JOHN NASH Dear CSM Reader.   You are probably vaguely aware by now that there is something very, very, wrong with this dying government’s attitude to rural matters.  After all, most people who make a living on or from the land thought they could rely on the Conservative Party for its down-to-earth policies – policies that once balanced the touchy-feely, self-centred anthropomorphic dreams of … Continue reading The Cancer at the Heart of Extremist Animal Rights Lunacy

Killing Rudolf, Killing Democracy

BY JOHN NASH This week, being close to the warm and optimistic celebration of Christmas and the season of goodwill towards everyone, the Mail on Sunday (MOS) ran a piece of hate-speech about British hunters going to Iceland to kill reindeer for “fun”, and “sharing gruesome pictures online of slaughtered reindeer on a pre-Christmas trip”. By some amazing coincidence,  the Daily Star discovered this very … Continue reading Killing Rudolf, Killing Democracy

Airheads & Con-Artists

BY JOHN NASH On 10th December, our beloved government issued a press release stating that they would ban the importation of hunting trophies. This was a government press release, issued by unelected Zac Goldsmith and his new glove puppet, George Eustice, MP, so it is undeniably official government stuff. There is absolutely no scientific or factual reason to create such a ban. Without digging through … Continue reading Airheads & Con-Artists

Something Rotten in the Den of State

BY JOHN NASH This week, after a recent spell of malady, I was finally able once more to enjoy my frugal weekly treat – that of watching the amiable and extremely knowledgeable Charlie Jacoby on Fieldsports TV, whilst enjoying a small glass of amber fortitude in homage to the departed sunset. Unfortunately, my wrinkly euphoria was, without warning, most violently and rudely interrupted.  I refer, of … Continue reading Something Rotten in the Den of State

Moping about Mopane

BY JOHN NASH Recently, a trophy bow hunter killed a lion on the outskirts of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Apparently, the lion was called “Mopane” and, inevitably, it has created a brouhaha on antisocial media and re-opened the earlier storm over another lion, “Cecil”. As expected, UK newspapers have jumped on the latest story and stirred up a tsunami of rage, churning out the usual … Continue reading Moping about Mopane

The Actual Born Free

BY JOHN NASH Everyone above a certain age knows the story of little orphan Elsa the lioness, raised by saintly George and Joy Adamson in Kenya, who taught her how to hunt and then successfully released her back into the wild. This heart-warming episode of animal rescue was the subject of Joy’s 1960 book, Born Free that sold five million copies in 27 languages and was … Continue reading The Actual Born Free

A Myside Biased Perspective

BY JOHN NASH I have been asked to review the following book: First, this book is not an academic treatise. It is a rude, anti-hunting rant dressed up in pretentious academic verbiage. If you are an anti-hunter, you’ll think it is a wonderful and important bible, confirming all your wildest delusions about cruel, evil hunters. If you are a hunter, you will be angered by its blatant mischief, … Continue reading A Myside Biased Perspective

Not Fiennes!

BY JOHN NASH Last week, the Mirror ran a typical piece of infantile nonsense about a Trophy hunting and Field sports website, Bookyourhunt. The article features quotes from Mr Goncalves and his faithful side-kick, Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The picture shows, back row from left to right, Eduardo Goncalves of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. (CBTH), Dr Mark Jones from the Born Free Foundation, thesp Peter … Continue reading Not Fiennes!

The Other Pandemic

BY JOHN NASH Imagine, for one fleeting, bucolic moment that you are clip-clopping through leafy lanes on your way to market, sitting on your sturdy farm cart pulled gently along by trusty Clydesdale, Dobbin. Your faithful old dog Spot sits beside you, sniffing the country air, whilst behind you, the puzzled murmuring of a posse of free-range Rhode Island chickens in crates betrays the reason for … Continue reading The Other Pandemic

A Tribute to Rural Africa

BY JOHN NASH Everyone is aware of the furore over “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) and, although people are personally not guilty of racism, nor do they apparently harbour any racist thoughts and intentions, most people presume others, or our ancestors, must be guilty and so, being ordinarily helpful and sympathetic people, they go along passively with the general thrust of BLM.  The question is, what … Continue reading A Tribute to Rural Africa

The Strange Case of Ron Thompson

BY JOHN NASH People, particularly sane, level-headed people, typified by readers of CSM, may often wonder how large numbers of apparently normal, everyday people can be whipped into a mob capable of monstrous and inhuman acts. May I introduce you to a particularly evil monster of such outrageous proportion that you may suffer the vapours simply reading about him.  He is called Ron Thompson, mass … Continue reading The Strange Case of Ron Thompson