BY JIM WEBSTER I’ve worked with sheep, but I’d never call myself a shepherd. I’ve not got that level of expertise. But one of the things about shepherds is that they tend not to be centre stage. Historically they were always looked down on. Even more than the rest of us involved in agriculture, they were shunned. (Even now ‘peasant’ is an insult in the … Continue reading Unfashionable Shepherds
BY JACK PEMBERTON Since 2010 I have worked with a bloke called Dave. We’re good friends and our families know each other well. We’d do anything for each other. But since the summer of 2016 Dave’s been a Remainer and I’ve been a Brexiteer. We’re still friends. Nothing’s changed. I still work with a bloke called Dave. We often wonder who are these actors who … Continue reading Defending Remainer Dave
BY JAMIE FOSTER The office of Speaker of the House of Commons is notable for its impartiality. One of the longstanding attributes of the office is that it stands above politics. The way the role has always functioned is for the Speaker to cast off his connections to his party so that he can take a truly impartial stance towards the issues of the day. … Continue reading Falling Short
BY ANTHONY WHITEHEAD My Dad didn’t talk much about the war and was not particularly heroic about it. Recalling his landing on the Normandy beaches he commented: “It was D-day – plus one – thank God!’. But he did say this: “That I should point a gun at another young man like me and shoot him dead just because he has a different colour uniform … Continue reading Don’t Mention the War
CSM EDITORIAL The dossier and smears launched against Boris Johnson this weekend seemed planned to coincide with the launch of the ERG’s alternative plans for Brexit. The hitjob is well-detailed here http://bit.ly/2oPO2f4 here http://bit.ly/2wYtAwj and here http://bit.ly/2wVjuMB As things turned out, Boris’ use of the term suicide vest rather dulled the attacks – a quite brilliant shield tactic or a lucky counter strike by the man who could well … Continue reading Smearing Boris Backfires
BY SAM HOOPER Middle class #FBPE-ers of Britain unite! Talk to your Brexity, working class butchers, builders, plumbers, electricians and gardeners and educate them out of their superstitious dislike of the European Union. There are few things more irritating than being called ignorant and closed-minded by a group of people who are themselves at that very moment being monumentally ignorant and closed-minded. Sadly, this is … Continue reading The Arrogant #FBPE Movement
BY MANDY BALDWIN I’ve never really paid much attention to Philip Hammond, except to notice that he looks a lot like the love child of Nanny McPhee and Topo Gigio, a TV puppet mouse I was fond of in childhood. No, I tell a lie, that’s not all: I’ve also noticed that, while he has been as omnipresent in recent governments as the proverbial fart … Continue reading Why Is Philip Hammond?
BY SAM WHITE One of the false charges levelled at Leave voters is that Brexit is an act of self-harm. That whatever reasons a person might have for voting to escape from the European Union, the amount of damage caused will always outweigh the benefits. But from where I stand, the only masochistic inclinations come from hardcore Remainers themselves, as they attempt to hinder or … Continue reading Remainers Push For Hard Brexit