BY BERT BURNETT On Thursday STV were too quick to highlight that Scotland’s wildlife population is in a state of consistent decline, referencing a new report. 70 wildlife groups joined forces with Scottish government agencies for the first time, to analyse data about nearly 6500 species across land and sea for the latest ‘State of Nature’ report. It found that in the five decades since … Continue reading A Scottish Gamekeeper Speaks Out
All you need to know about Point-to-Point horse racing: Point-to-point action, live at Whittington Racecourse. Photo by Extraordinary, CC BY-SA 3.0 Point-to-point horse racing is one of those things that most people don’t even question when they head into a bookmakers. That’s because most people prefer to watch horse races hosted at the major flat or National Hunt racecourses involving professional jockeys. The key difference between … Continue reading The Point to Point Horse Racing Guide
BY NEIL LOGAN So Nicola Sturgeon wants independence from the UK but wants to be governed by the EU and she doesn’t seem to see the irony in what she is saying? The First Minister’s record in government is growing increasingly desperate by the day amid growing realisation by the people north and south of the border that she offers “the same old answer for … Continue reading The Stuck Record of Sturgeon
BY MAC LOGAN The day dank dawns and drizzle drips. Lank-branched leaves hold waiting drops To splash an eye, a cheek, my lips. Grey heaven cries and cannot stop. I walk the last few yards to … Dad Heart braced, alone I take the door And standing there, his other lad, I push the bell and wait some more. The minutes pass till brisk strides … Continue reading Dad’s Farewell
BY NIGEL BEAN I have already discussed in a previous article the pivotal role fake news played in securing the hunting ban in 2004 and gave the example of an article written by Anthony Bartlett, then public affairs editor for The Guardian. The article was mischievously entitled “Vets say hunted foxes die in agony” when in fact not one vet actually said that. The article … Continue reading More Hunting Fake News
CSM EDITORIAL Raising the volume on a second Scottish Independence Referendum by Nicola Sturgeon is just games. She has said it’s Westminster playing games in that the Tory Government are heading for a “hard” Brexit and playing games with Scotland’s future. The reality is that the SNP – in line with their Irish blood-brothers, the IRA and Sinn Fein – look to stab the England-headquartered … Continue reading Laboured Contrivance
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN David Sole’s Scotland’s 1990 Calcutta Cup defeat of the Auld Enemy before a partisan crowd at Murrayfield Park in Edinburgh was agonising for all Englishmen to watch. Since then, there have been skirmishes won (and a few lost) but none hurt the English so much as that gut-buster of a defeat. I was studying A-Level History at the time and struggled to keep up with … Continue reading What is Scottish?