Countryside Alliance

Ten Years Too Long, It's Time to Repeal the Hunting Act

Tim Bonner | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Bonner

If you think it is acceptable for Parliament to legislate against a group of people because it does not like them, then fine, leave the Hunting Act in place. If, however, this is a debate about wildlife management and animal welfare, then we need to repeal the Hunting Act and start again.

Hunting, Ten Years on - Has Anything Changed?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

Ten years on is a good time to reflect - but let's hope that in 10 years from now British people, from all walks of life, can together hold our heads up high and say that we respect our laws and know the difference between right and wrong. Let's not have a return to cruelty, let's have a return to morality and common sense.

Media Take Note - Boxing Day Hunts: Tradition Is No Excuse for Cruelty

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

It's that time of year again, bellies full, another re-run of Only Fools and Horses on the telly and the annual media scramble around picturesque chocolate box villages up and down the country to report on the 'traditional' Boxing Day hunts, to marvel in the spectre of the noble red coats on their trusty steeds, at the well-groomed packs of hounds and crowds of good country folk celebrating an age old British tradition.

Still Here, Still Hunting, 10 Years On

Tim Bonner | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Bonner

This Boxing Day is the tenth since the Hunting Act was passed by Parliament. It came into force six months later. For hunting, and for many people in the countryside, this was the lowest moment, but hunting still thrives despite all the fears and the dire predictions. How is it that an activity that was outlawed after an epic and bitter political campaign has survived?

Shocking Fox Hunt Picture Shows Men Slaughtering An Animal In Front Of Children

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

This disturbing image shows three young children looking on as a fox is dragged from a hole before being brutally killed. Released by anti-fox hunt ca...

Has The RSPCA Become A 'Sinister And Nasty' Charity?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The RSPCA has become a "sinister and nasty" organisation, the head of the Countryside Alliance has warned. General Sir Barney White-Spunner has eve...

Drones To Target Illegal Hunting

PA | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

A leading animal welfare charity is to use surveillance drones to catch people illegally hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports will use cameras ...

MPs: Investigate RSPCA's 'Staggering' Fox Hunting Trial Costs

PA | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK

Politicians have called for a watchdog investigation into whether the "staggering" £326,000 spent by the RSPCA on legal action against a fox hunt was...

U-Turns: Pasties, Caravans, Secret Justice And Now Buzzards

Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Politics

Pasties, caravans, secret justice and now buzzards - the government has made its fourth U-turn in just three days. The Department for Environment, ...

Buying British Should Begin at Home Mr Prime Minister

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

The Prime Minister is right: if you care about eating food produced to the highest standards in the World you need to buy British. But it would make a massive difference if two of the biggest procurers of food in the country - schools and hospitals - listened more closely to their boss!

The Quickest Way of Ending a War is to Lose It

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Getting our planning laws right was a big issue to ensure we protect our green spaces. But the countryside is not just pretty fields and forests; it is a living, breathing environment and the people who live there need to be listened to on all the issues, not just those that make prime time.

Planning Reforms: Conservationists Fear Urban Sprawl As New Reforms Published

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK Politics

The government will today publish long-awaited reforms to the planning system which have been the focus of a bitter dispute with countryside campaigne...

2012 Budget; Blogger Roundup

Huffington Post | Chris York | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Politics

Following George Osborne's third Budget, The Huffington Post bloggers have been giving their expert opinions on what the chancellor has done. Conse...

A Tough Budget for the Countryside

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

A simple stat for you to start: there are four mentions of 'rural' in the Budget document released by the Treasury today (available here) and 13 for 'cities'.

And So it Begins... Again

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Some readers will recall that not so long ago, in the autumn of 2011, the government released its first stab at trimming down Britain's onerous planning regulations. The National Planning Policy Framework, or NPPF as it became known, was seen by the coalition as a useful new weapon in its battle to control the deficit - more houses, more wealth, more growth.

Diesel Costs 4p More A Litre In The Country

PA | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK

The price of diesel in rural filling stations is, on average, 4p more than in urban areas, a survey showed today. Cars are becoming an "unaffordabl...

Show Your Support for the Rural Economy

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

While some might have you believe that the biggest threat facing the countryside is the government's as yet unpublished and yet-to-be voted-on White Paper on planning (otherwise known as the National Planning Policy Framework or NPPF); in truth the biggest danger to our much-loved green spaces is the slow and seemingly irreversible decline of the rural economy.

HS2: Taking a Giant, Expensive, Leap Into the Unknown

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

There have always been those opposed to progress. But we're not talking about the Galileo or the Industrial Revolution here - we're talking about 40 minutes off the journey between London and Birmingham - at a cost of £17 billion of public money! And, when no-one can be quite sure of the scheme's success, it does all seem like a little too high a price to pay.

Minister: Hunting Act Has 'Failed'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.12.2011 | UK Politics

The Hunting Act has "failed", according to a government minister. As thousands of people prepare to head out to Boxing Day meets Agriculture minist...

Fear and Loathing of Fuel Prices

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

However hot a potato the issue of fuel duty becomes, for the sake of the rural economy (among many others), today's debate must not be the end of the discussion.

LEAs Don't Know Where School Food Comes From, According To Report

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Two-thirds of Britain's schools do not know where the food in school meals comes from, a survey has revealed. Only 60 out of 172 Local Education Au...

Never Mind Superfast, for Some, Just Plain Broadband Would be a Result

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

The digital divide between urban and rural areas grows ever wider; with towns and cities basking in fibre-optic internet speeds and a variety of different providers offering competitive rates, while those living in the countryside have to contend with the net going down everytime someone calls their home telephone.

The Statistics That Prove the Hunting Act has Completely Failed

Olivia Seccombe | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK Politics
Olivia Seccombe

The beginning of November sees us enter autumn in earnest; the clocks go back, the nights draw in and there is an ever-present chill in the air. This weekend also heralds the beginning of the hunting season, with hunts up and down the country holding their opening meets.

Who is the Party of the Countryside?

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Once upon a time that question was met with ridicule; the poser rendered a fool simply by having the temerity to ask it.

Campaigners Call For Children To Be Given Lessons Outdoors

PA | Posted 15.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Campaigners have called for children to be given lessons outdoors as a poll found that many parents believe health and safety fears are preventing pup...