Alex Massie

Big Brother in Big Sky country

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Not welcome in Montana. For shame.

A sad story of our times: residents of Belgrade, Montana petitioned the town council for permission to keep chickens in their yards. No-one objected to this. Except, of course, the councillors. Why? Because they could. Apparently the chickens might escape and that could be a problem for the police. Meanwhile, one ghastly councillor suggested there just wasn't enough room on a 10,000 square foot plot for half a dozen hens. 

The usual bullying, domineering nonsense from jumped-up little gauleiters of the sort who infest local councils everywhere. But, as Lexington says, it's particularly depressing that such a thing happen in the American west - the very place that's supposed to embody a certain idea of freedom.

And, anyway, why on earth do you need a license to keep hens?

Over to you, Texas Crunchy Con and coop-meister Rod Dreher...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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