Why subscribe?

Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website. Never miss an update.

A wry view of British politics and society from a native son who’s spent decades as a foreign correspondent and is now back home and often bewildered by what’s happening here

Stay up-to-date

You won’t have to worry about missing anything. Every new edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox.

Join the crew

Be part of a community of people who share your interests.

To find out more about the company that provides the tech for this newsletter, visit Substack.com.

Subscribe to This Green and Surprisingly Pleasant Land by Stephen Vines

A Substack about politics and society from the perspective of a native son returning to the country of his birth after spending decades away as a foreign correspondent


Stephen Vines is a recovering journalist, writer and broadcaster who based in Hong Kong for 35 years and is now getting to grips with the strangely pleasant land called Britain.