Farming

Am I a Remain roundhead, or a Brexit cavalier?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

My pen hovers — but refuses to touch the postal ballot paper. I pour a drink (I won’t say whether…

Addlands: where the new nature writing meets the novel

18 June 2016 9:00 am

There have been a number of attempts to graft the style of the so-called new nature writing onto the novel:…

Lionel Shriver: The Trump election is starting to feel like a civil war

11 June 2016 9:00 am

When an old friend X came to dinner in London, I sampled what it must have been like during the…

Voting in? You have the blood of Spanish bulls on your hands

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Britain’s animals would be solidly for Leave. Here’s why

The chief executives who volunteer for pay cuts

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Boss cuts The chief executive of the Co-operative Group, Richard Pennycock, asked for a pay cut, saying his job had…

The Lahore attacks reflected hatred of Christians. Why must we deny it?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

Why won’t the media call a cock a cock?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

On the Radio 4 news at 11 o’clock last Saturday morning there was a joky report about roosters in Brisbane. The…

How Brexit would affect British farmers

27 February 2016 9:00 am

How would British farming change without EU subsidies?

From the archives: the liberty of the battlefield

14 November 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Soldiers for the land’, The Spectator, 13 November 1915: It is certain that, when the war is over, tens of…

Ten myths about Brexit

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Don’t believe the scare stories about leaving the EU

A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

30 May 2015 9:00 am

A piece of ancient England is being reborn around a castle in Sussex

Tomatoes and melons from the garden of the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt (German school, 17th century)

A kitchen-garden renaissance

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Considerable areas of our memory are taken up with food: it might be the taste of Mother’s sponge, the melting…

Welcome to Miliband country: how Labour would wreck rural life

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A ‘progressive alliance’ would be a profound threat to rural life

The RMT’s Mick Cash and Tesco’s Dave Lewis win my prizes for media manipulation

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Mixed results for the Brits at the Golden Globes, but I’m pleased to announce that my Golden Monkey Wrench for…

Prue Leith’s diary: I want to be green, but I’ve got some flights to take first...

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Please God, make me good, but not yet.’ I know the feeling. As I get older and more deeply retired,…

Meadow pipit

Read this book and you’ll see why our meadows are so precious

7 June 2014 9:00 am

This book is a portrait of one man’s meadow. Our now almost vanished meadowland, with its tapestry of wildflowers, abundant…

Why America's ivory ban won't help elephants

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The Duke of Cambridge deserves credit for bringing his influence to bear on the growing tragedy of the elephant, whose…

Letters: The Syria debate, plus Giles Milton on Andro Linklater

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Syrian matters Sir: Though Syria (Leading article, 31 August) is certainly no laughing matter, the turmoil prevailing over a ‘punitive…

Think fracking’s bad for the countryside? Just look at farming…

31 August 2013 9:00 am

I’m off to Balcombe this weekend. In fact I might even carry a placard and paint my face with a…

Roger Scruton’s diary: Finding Scrutopia in the Czech Republic

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hay-making was easy this year, and over in good time for a holiday. I am opposed to holidays, having worked…

Meet the greatest threat to our countryside: sheep

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Sheep have done more damage to Britain’s environment than all the building that has ever taken place

Since I moved to the country, I’m on the side of the squirrel-killers

27 April 2013 9:00 am

What is the correct expression to wear, I wonder, when you’ve just caught a squirrel in your squirrel trap? Guilt?…

Wild life

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Rift Valley ‘We’re on the frontline,’ I said. ‘And however many guns we had, it wouldn’t be enough against the…

Bookends: Down on the farm

10 March 2012 12:00 am

Can we please have an inquiry into why already talented people are allowed to go off and be brilliant at…

The buck stops here

30 June 2011 12:00 am

It’s time we as consumers realise our own power to change things, and reconnect with our farms, says Sybil Kapoor