Why I’m not wild about fox hunt­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Thorntononthursday -

The un­speak­able in full pur­suit of the un­eat­able - and I’m not talk­ing about the US gun lobby’s at­tempt to hound ( ho, ho) Piers Mor­gan out of their coun­try for point­ing out that col­lec­tively they are the most stupid na­tion in his­tory.

The de­bate about fox hunt­ing has reared its head once more with se­nior Tories rul­ing out lift­ing the ban de­spite a clam­our from many of their own back- benchers.

Sir Bar­ney White- Spun­ner, who I’m guess­ing didn’t at­tend his lo­cal com­pre­hen­sive*, is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Coun­try­side Al­liance and re­mains con­fi­dent the ban on hunt­ing will be lifted point­ing out cryp­ti­cally “in the mean­time the Prime Min­is­ter will de­liver what he can’’.

Pre­sum­ably, that’s not a fox brush on a sil­ver plat­ter, although, of course, Mr Cameron did ride with a hunt sev­eral times be­fore it was made il­le­gal.

Lo­cally, the hunts were out in force on Box­ing Day and New Year’s Day at Stil­ton and Wans­ford.

It is an un­de­ni­ably mag­nif­i­cent sight with the crim­son coated hunts­men aboard their mag­nif­i­cent steeds and the en­thu­si­as­tic hounds with the cold forc­ing steam to flow out of their nos­trils.

I would hate to see that part of our her­itage lost, but I find the idea of peo­ple tak­ing plea­sure out of the chas­ing and killing of an an­i­mal to­tally ab­hor­rent.

As do most peo­ple with the lat­est opin­ion poll sug­gest­ing 76 per cent want the ban to re­main in place.

The quote that this col­umn be­gan with is, of course, one of Os­car Wilde’s most fa­mous.

He also said: “To dis­agree with three- fourths of the Bri­tish pub­lic is one of the first req­ui­sites of san­ity.’’

Which just goes to show that even the great­est wit this coun­try has ever pro­duced didn’t get it right ev­ery time.

And, con­versely, even Piers Mor­gan does get it right ev­ery now and again.

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