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BASC respond to the England Deer Strategy

Following the publication of the England Deer Management Strategy, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) head of deer management Martin Edwards said: “The government’s commitment to tackling the growing deer population in the UK is commendable. However, it will only succeed if it has the support of every deer manager, the majority of… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Police Service declares Firearms and Explosives Branch “critical incident”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has declared a “critical incident” due to protracted backlogs of applications within its firearms licensing department.  A critical incident is defined as “Any incident where the effectiveness of the police response is likely to have a significant impact on the confidence of the victim, their family or the community”. The… Read more »

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Will a change in Conservative leader bring about true diversity?

From the midst of the confusion that followed Boris Johnson’s resignation as Prime Minister, many have noticed how several of the contenders for the top post are from diverse communities, including front-runner Rishi Sunak. Does that mean that the Conservative party have achieved a level of equality and inclusivity beyond other political parties or have… Read more »

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Conservative Leadership: A Summer of Invented Enemies?

In a week of “campaign” launches the candidates for Prime Minister all spoke broadly along the same two themes: tax cuts and culture war. The first, while not uncontroversial, is fairly standard political fayre. The second is more pernicious. “Culture war” transfigures public debate into a rage-soaked fantasyland and leads to the persecution of the… Read more »