UK 5 December 2014 The Returning Officer: Cows II Print HTML In 1955 David Ensor published his book Thirty Acres and a Cow. It related Ensor’s experiences in running dairy farms in the 1940s and 1950s in Hampshire and Dorset. Before the Second World War, Ensor had been a lawyer working in Newcastle and London, becoming Clerk of the Peace for the County of London. At the end of Thirty Acres he stated: “You can keep your criminals. I will have my cows,” but by the late 1950s he had become an actor best known as a judge in the TV series The Verdict Is Yours. In Thirty Acres he advocated the retention of flogging “in spite of what the socialist party and the rest of the long-haired boys say”. From 1964-70 he was the Labour MP for Bury and Radcliffe. l Stephen Brasher › Christmas cards from David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and Tony Blair From only £1 a week Subscribe This article first appeared in the 27 November 2014 issue of the New Statesman, The rise of the insurgents More Related articles Boris Johnson shows why he remains a contender with his best speech George Osborne’s love bombing of Labour voters should terrify the opposition If George Osborne was going to take Labour’s infrastructure idea, why did he wait two years?