BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The beauty of being Editor of this magazine is that one can write and publish what the hell one wants. Such freedom of speech is worth fighting for, and over. (If that over-censorious Deputy Editor, young Bembridge, thinks his grooming period is over and that he is ready to seize the reins, then – since scraps at two metres are no fun … Continue reading The Rumaissance
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I was chatting with a Venezuelan friend the other day on WhatsApp. He remarked how lucky I was to be in Britain – to be able to do anything I wanted, eat anything I wanted and say anything I wanted. At the time, given the fact that my friend had just chewed through a single arepa for lunch and I had just … Continue reading Species of Oppression
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN “Dad, who did you vote for in the 2019 General Election?” “I voted Labour that year.” “For Mr Corbyn?” “Yes.” “But we learnt at school, Dad, that Jeremy Corbyn was an Anti-Semite and he almost single-handedly ruined the Labour Party.” “Well, there was some talk of that at the time, son. But it was in vogue back then amongst my generation to … Continue reading Toast?
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust my weekly prayer finds you well this week and that your families are happy and healthy. It is not my role to criticise economic or political systems. However in Venezuela how can one come to any other conclusion? What we see now as violence prevents a convoy of aid reaching Venezuela from Colombia are the last … Continue reading A Prayer for Venezuela
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I am getting fed up to the back teeth with the comments of hard-line British leftists about Venezuela, now the country is back in the news as the socialist tyrant Maduro’s days dwindle: What is going on in #Venezuela, why sanctions on the country are responsible for its economic demise and how the left must respond with the call to end such … Continue reading Free Flights to Caracas for Corbynites
BY ANASTASIA CHOO Venezuela’s downward economic spiral has led to widespread food shortages, hyperinflation and a mass exodus of migrants into Latin America. Although the situation is anatomically different from Syria, analysts claim the exodus from Venezuela rivals the number of Syrians in Germany. The intensifying economic and political crisis has now pushed hundreds of thousands to flee the country in search of food, security, … Continue reading Escaping Socialist Venezuela
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN As a soldier friend of mine often likes to repeat post-port, you get to really know a person when they are faced by death. However, as those who have joined the near-death club with two fingers rather than a pistol to draw upon can testify, the crucial moment soon passes and drawing conclusions as to the survivor’s character is an intolerable task, … Continue reading The Art of Giving Virtuously
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN “No” has often been a problem for me. Especially when the gutless or apparatchiks are telling me. If the brick wall is made of sound bricks then no problem. I recall ignoring no when I was told I could not sit on one side of a boat from Mumbai to Elephanta – it was tilting horrifically as it filled up with local … Continue reading Say No Too
BY JAMIE FOSTER Credit where credit is due, James O’Brien has finally said something that is worthy of praise. On his LBC show he came out against Corbyn’s epic hypocrisy in failing to condemn the actions of the government of Venezuela despite tweeting that if one remains neutral in the face of oppression one comes out on the side of the oppressor. O’Brien is a … Continue reading Credit Where Credit Is Due
BY JAMIE FOSTER On slow news days in August we have come to rely on Ken Livingstone to say something publicly to get tongues wagging. Interviewed last week by Julia Hartley-Brewer on Talk Radio he didn’t let us down. Asked about the current Venezuelan crisis he came up with two reasons for Venezuela’s problems. Firstly, he claimed that they had failed to follow his economic … Continue reading Livingstone’s Venezuela
BY JOHN ISMAEL Venezuela is in a terrible mess. Its people are starving. Hospitals have no medicine. Schools have no pencils. Prisons have no guards. The country has gone to hell in a handcart. On Sunday Venezuelans were asked to choose the more than 500 representatives who will make up a constituent assembly. The constituent assembly was convened by President Maduro to rewrite the existing … Continue reading Venezuela? Corbynites?
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN During the last year we have seen the peoples of various lands cock a snook at ruling elites. In Britain we voted for Brexit and wiped the smiles off the Europhile establishment, who were sure we ordinary working people would not dare upset the Brussels apple cart. The look of shock on the face of Guy Verhofstadt was almost worth David Cameron risking … Continue reading The Egged Dictator
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN There are family friends who live in Monagas State in Venezuela who, like many other Venezuelans, seized private land as their own during the Mission Zamora land grabs initiated by the late Hugo Chavez in 2001. They managed to claim a plot of eight hectares consisting of fields of maize and some woodland. They built a house on the land and connected … Continue reading The Tractor
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN My wife revels in telling others the tale of how, a few years ago, we were driving towards the city from the countryside and got caught up in a traffic jam in the Caracas suburbs. How we crept forward at a snail’s pace in an endless line of vehicles – most with horns beeping while blaring out loud merengue on their stereos. … Continue reading 2017: Seek Common Ground
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I have promised my wife, who was born in Venezuela, that I’ll retire out there with her. People ask me what the country is like. And this is what I tell them: When you awake out on the ranch – the finca – a waft of sweet mango drifts in from the lines of mango trees on the lawns beside the house. … Continue reading The Venezuelan Paradox