Untie the Hands of SIS

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I usually, for obvious reasons, carefully edit my articles on Country Squire Magazine. I haven’t with this one and I couldn’t care less. The evening had no business being so beautiful. With a warm May sun still high in the clear blue sky, the walk along the stony hillside path should have been lovely. It wasn’t. Bounding through the clover and dandelions, … Continue reading Untie the Hands of SIS

No Party Has a Right To Exist Forever

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN History records that a little before 23:00 Eastern Daylight Time on July 20 1969, Neil Alden Armstrong descended the ladder of the Eagle Lunar Landing Module and took mankind’s first tentative steps on the surface of the Moon. Bit of a conspiracy nut? Okay, try this one: Barcelona, Spain, 26 May 1999. In the dying moments of the Champions League Final, Manchester … Continue reading No Party Has a Right To Exist Forever

How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I realised my mistake straight away. Rather than add to the Saturday morning congestion of a busy, mixed-use street, I had opted to drive onto the wide, empty car park at the side of an NHS surgery. The moment I crossed the threshold, I saw the camera. The terms and conditions were printed on a small wall-mounted sign: vehicle owners must register … Continue reading How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys

Recycling: Preaching Over Sense

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN A few days ago, an item of news caught my attention. A company director from Cheshire had just been jailed. The article very likely passed most people by, but it took me straight back to a warm evening in August 2013… I watched, mesmerised, from a hillside several miles away. Whatever it was, it was obviously catastrophic. A wide base of flames … Continue reading Recycling: Preaching Over Sense

The Blitz Spirit and the Media

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN A few years ago I researched a Luftwaffe bomber that was brought down over Cheshire. Unpicking the story was fascinating. I had to delve into RAF archives and intelligence records with ‘SECRET’ stamped in the corner; I was lucky enough to find people still able to remember the event. The tale unfolded gradually, a complex but rewarding process of checking and cross-checking … Continue reading The Blitz Spirit and the Media

Snow – Flake or Provocateur?

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN ‘An inquiry into this period in Britain’s shameful history.’ And so Jon Snow began the Channel 4 News lead story on the evening of Monday 27th February. Keme Nzerem’s report on the abuse of children shipped throughout the Commonwealth under the Child Migrant Programme was indeed harrowing. Though uncomfortable to watch, the reporter deserves credit for sensitively handling a difficult subject. But … Continue reading Snow – Flake or Provocateur?

Alzheimer’s Sufferers are Human

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN This morning was a good one; she remembered who I was. When I tucked my elderly relative safely into her bed last night, as I’ve done every night for the last few years, I did so in the knowledge that she might not remember exactly who I was upon awakening. Alzheimer’s does that. It’s one of the many nasty little tricks this … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Sufferers are Human

Councils’ Anodyne Nonsensical Drivel

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Yesterday I wrote an article about a scheme being run by a county council somewhere in deepest South West England. It will effectively provide free publicity for the scheme, which has admirable aims, throughout several towns within its catchment area. I duly did some research and churned out exactly 500 words. As a courtesy I sent a draft to the appropriate council … Continue reading Councils’ Anodyne Nonsensical Drivel