Why We Should Encourage Downing Street Partying

BY STEWART SLATER Returning to Babylon from India, Alexander the Great marched his army through the Gedrosian Desert. Taking longer than expected, food began to run short, and water ran out. When it appeared that the glorious story of conquest would come to a tragic end under the baking Persian sun, some scouts returned to the army announcing the discovery of an oasis. As proof, … Continue reading Why We Should Encourage Downing Street Partying

If Boris Goes, Labour Goes

CSM EDITORIAL The recent tweet by Lord Adonis that ‘if Boris goes, Brexit goes’ should merely remind so-called red wall voters that ‘when Boris goes and anyone half competent takes his place, Labour goes’. Remoaning caricatures like Adonis only play to their lounge – an echo chamber of increasing electoral irrelevance. He and the Gina Millers will be looked back on like the anti German … Continue reading If Boris Goes, Labour Goes

Reforming Petschek

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Around this time of year some time ago I was sitting outside a café in snowy but sunny Prague overlooking the rather nondescript building of the Ministry of Industry, also known as Petschek’s Palace, near the top of the city’s Wenceslas Square. I remember happily puffing on a cigar being talked to by a superfluously chatty yet elegant Spanish acquaintance who thought … Continue reading Reforming Petschek

Fantasy Cartoon Cobblers

BY SARAH GREENWOOD Dear Editor, Having watched the recent ‘Disney’fied production narrated by Chris Packham about ‘fox hunting’, there are some comments about this ‘production’ I would like to draw your attention to: Overall, the Chris Packham et al portrayal of the countryside is misleading, claiming it is a place of ‘tranquility’ and ‘serenity’ with all creatures living in harmony, when it patently is not. … Continue reading Fantasy Cartoon Cobblers

On The Blair Knighthood

BY FRANK HAVILAND On the subject of Tony Blair’s knighthood, I feel it is important to disclose an interest: I loathe Tony Blair. Incidentally, I dislike Lewis Hamilton and everything he kneels for, but opposing his knighthood would never cross my mind; even if it is for playing Scalextric. No, there is something particularly sinister about our Anthony – which is why there is currently … Continue reading On The Blair Knighthood

Dethroning Twitter? The Rise and Rise of GETTR

BY STOCKTON HEATH ‘RIP GETTR, 2021-2021’ gleefully wrote one mainstream Twitter blue-tick just months ago. Towards the end of last year Jason Miller’s social media platform indeed seemed fated to go the same way as previous Twitter alternatives such as Gab and Telegram i.e. downhill fast. In the instantaneous world of social media gratification ‘teething problems’ does not cut the mustard. You get just one … Continue reading Dethroning Twitter? The Rise and Rise of GETTR

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

In Liz We Truss?

BY JON ALEXANDER Could Liz Truss be our next Prime Minister? With Boris Johnson experiencing a rapid fall in popularity and a recent sizeable backbench rebellion, attentions have been diverted to who could be his successor. Step forward one Liz Truss, current Foreign Secretary and former Queen of the trade deals, a woman who has managed the unthinkable for politicians of late. She has just … Continue reading In Liz We Truss?

The Key to Everything

BY ALEX STORY The bell tolled for western civilisation on the 1st of July 2007. Some people will point to financiers. After all, they sold competence and instead delivered the Great Financial Disaster of 2008. The last was followed by a never ending tidal wave of Governmental incontinence, destroying trust and value in the process. Others will finger politicians across the decades for mistaking personal for … Continue reading The Key to Everything

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

The Reign of Experts

BY FREDERICK EDWARD Are you an expert? They seem to be everywhere nowadays. You can’t turn on the telly or read the news without an ‘expert’ passing their judgement on something. ‘Humanity to be extinct by tea-time next Wednesday,’ will claim one, ‘unless garden hosepipe ban immediately introduced.’ Invariably, a COBRA meeting will follow this pronouncement, with Generalissimo Johnson appearing before the nation looking like … Continue reading The Reign of Experts

The Sleeping Giant II

BY DAVID EYLES For some time now, it has been apparent that something is happening in the world of politics. I don’t mean the stupid office parties during lockdown. What I mean is that large numbers of people are hugely disappointed in Boris and his government – and are beginning to feel completely disenfranchised. The dismal state of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition has only added … Continue reading The Sleeping Giant II

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

Silos & Narrow Definitions

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN We are told that: ‘good uncles take an active part in their nieces and nephews’ lives. They spend time with them, offer valuable perspective on the family, and help resolve conflicts. They’re people who children and parents can both trust with difficult subjects and to advocate for their interests.’ By this definition an uncle who cannot even recognise most of his nephews … Continue reading Silos & Narrow Definitions

Your MP is a Delinquent

THE CITY GRUMP The dictionary defines a delinquent as someone who “is failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation”. The conduct of your MP in 2021 almost certainly fits that bill. Why? Because on just about every  single important domestic issue, be it Covid, the NHS, energy, inflation or education your MP has done the square root of nothing in holding the Government to … Continue reading Your MP is a Delinquent