The Christmas Story – Brussels Style

THE CITY GRUMP Some years ago* I sat down to a Christmas lunch at London’s most excellent Bleeding Heart Restaurant with work colleagues and, as is traditional, we kicked off proceedings with a mass cracker pulling. Out popped the usual paper hats and splendidly silly mottos, which as ever is a great way to get all of us into the festive mood. I particularly liked … Continue reading The Christmas Story – Brussels Style

Rural Crime & the Police

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS This year has been tough for small businesses. None more so than those in rural areas which struggle on with all the problems that already go with keeping a business going in areas without the sorts of benefits that businesses in towns take for granted – fast broadband, high footfall and neighbouring businesses less than a mile away. This year Small Business … Continue reading Rural Crime & the Police

The Infiltrated Webinar

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ “Leaked webinar shows huge criminal conspiracy at hunting’s highest level”. Or so the hunt sabs’ tweet proclaimed. So what was breaking? Not a lot. So what really happened during this webinar? It seems an invite was sent out to hunt staff to attend a trail hunting webinar by the Hunting Office, which is the body responsible for the administration … Continue reading The Infiltrated Webinar

The Coming Storm

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Sad and worrying stats were released by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) recently. Research shows 64% of Scottish gamekeepers receive abuse from members of the public at least once a year. And another 79% are concerned about their future.  Put into context, that’s 64% of Scottish gamekeepers getting grief for going about their lawful business putting … Continue reading The Coming Storm

Poachers are not Hunters

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ A recent article in The Independent from the animal rights fanatic Jane Dalton shows how a once respected newspaper has declined over the years into an impecunious, partisan and clickbait-driven blog. The article in question can be found here: This article by Dalton is particularly revolting as it deliberately conflates the despised enemy of country folk – poachers – … Continue reading Poachers are not Hunters

Packham Tests New BBC Boss

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ So much then for the tough stance Tim Davie, the new director general of the BBC, was going to take on those lippy left-wing celebrities spouting their vitriol across social media. If anyone was going to prove the benefit of NOT defunding the BBC – by ridding the organisation of dishonest and impartial gobshites such as the animal rights … Continue reading Packham Tests New BBC Boss

But I Like Sainsbury’s

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Laurence Fox’s abandoning of Sainsbury’s for taking part in Black History Month seems a tad OTT and authoritarian. It reminds me of an American ex who – she identified as a progressive – would spend her days fearfully avoiding various brands and stores, warning those around her of the perils of all kinds of goods and services. That’s the wrong path to … Continue reading But I Like Sainsbury’s

The Beautiful Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the English Countryside

Being in the English countryside can provide numerous positive feelings for people, be it relaxation, happiness, or creativity. When it comes to the aforementioned creativity, that certainly applies to various musical masterpieces over the years. We aren’t referring to the likes of The Bloodhound Gang here either, more the classical composers many of us know and love, who felt inspired after visiting rural England. The … Continue reading The Beautiful Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the English Countryside

How to Stop Scottish Nationalism

BY EFFIE DEANS The British Government has already ruled out a second Scottish independence referendum during the course of the next Parliament. It was in the Conservative Party manifesto and the Conservative Party won a large majority. That should be the end of the matter. Constitutional matters are reserved. The Scottish Parliament should be getting on with devolved issues and using the increased powers it … Continue reading How to Stop Scottish Nationalism

Reality-Free Civil Servants

BY JIM WEBSTER It struck me that you might want to open your village hall or community centre, so I thought I’d guide you through the new rules which can be found here. First there is a series of warnings: Many community facilities are also workplaces and those responsible for the premises should therefore be aware of their responsibilities as employers. The government is clear … Continue reading Reality-Free Civil Servants

Down the Remoan Hole

BY ALEXIA JAMES The last 48 hours have so rattled Camp Remoan that they have reached a whole new pitch of shrillness. Polly Toynbee cracked off proceedings with this pearl: What was 'the will of people' is now 'the will of dead people'.From Saturday, new young remain voters on register tip the balance v old dead leavers.Time for a Final Say Referendumhttps://t.co/kgNiwm334R — Polly Toynbee … Continue reading Down the Remoan Hole