BY FRANK HAVILAND Not since Margaret Thatcher has Britain had a Conservative Government in anything other than name. John Major was too busy ‘putting Britain at the heart of Europe’, David Cameron obsessed with gay marriage; and while Theresa May parroted ‘Brexit means Brexit’, she did a spirited impression of not knowing what it meant. For Boris Johnson, God only knows what conservatism means. Still, … Continue reading Keeping Tories Conservative
BY DAVID EYLES What happens if Boris Johnson gets to an election pre-Brexit without a pact with the Brexit Party? Or succumbs to agreeing a reheated May withdrawal agreement with the EU? Taking Cornwall as a microcosm, there are six Tory MP’s whose seats would be up for grabs with majorities ranging from 312 to over 17,000: The above model shows what happens with a … Continue reading Boris’ Tightrope
CSM EDITORIAL The announcement by Nigel Farage that his Brexit Party is now a viable choice for the next European Elections in May – should it need to be used – is key. Should there be any significant delay to Brexit – and the European elections be fought by UK politicians (let’s hope not) – then the Tories and Labour can expect to lose most … Continue reading The Brexit Party Warning Shot
CSM EDITORIAL Welcome back, Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine. No doubt You had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed a break from Brexit, nightmares about Corbyn gulags and the nonsense of identity politics. Christmas waves a magic wand over this part of the world, and behold, everything seems calmer and more doable. It took the BBC a while to get going after Christmas with its … Continue reading Project Fear Bingo
When Country Squire’s Dominic Wightman arrives in deepest Herefordshire at Ernie Warrender’s sprawling country house in the middle of nowhere, he’s met by Ernie holding a high-power blowtorch. For a moment Dominic considers turning his car around. However, after meeting Ernie, Dominic soon changes his mind. “Come on in,” says the affable Mr Warrender with a huge smile as he welcomes the Country Squire Editor … Continue reading UKIP & Ernie
BY JAMIE FOSTER Sometimes one wonders if losing candidates in elections would be better off remaining silent about why they thought they lost rather than speaking out and sounding bitter. Hillary Clinton in her interview with the Sunday Times this week decided to speak out and has confirmed if nothing else that she is out of touch with the voters she was trying to inspire. She … Continue reading Farage & The Angry Bird
CSM EDITORIAL As a Tory-supporting magazine, perhaps it is not our place to comment on the leadership contest of another party. Nonetheless, when your friend smells, it is the right thing for a Country Squire to do to offer them a bath, a change of clothes and a quick spray of one’s Penhaligon’s deodorant. Right now, UKIP – the successful force behind Brexit – is … Continue reading Goodbye UKIP, Hello BNP?
BY SAM WHITE I don’t know what to call them anymore. Progressives? Obviously not. Liberals? I sense no liberalism in their approach to dissent. Regressive left? Control left? However you refer to them, the response of some parts of the left wing to Monday’s horrific events in Berlin and Ankara was remarkable. Try Labour MP Jess Phillips’ Twitter timeline. You’ll find that quite some effort … Continue reading The Farage Overreaction