It is just one of the simply terrible and frankly, unworkable bits of legalised class hatred on the statute book. Nick Herbert, the Shadow Environment Secretary confirmed the move in an interview in The Sunday Telegraph.
Above all, the Act sits with ID cards, the attempt to introduce 42 day detention and the removal of trial by jury for fraud cases as an affront to civil liberties. It is but one of Labour’s laws that have overridden individual rights and asserted the power of the State.
For all these reasons, there is a compelling case to sweep this law off the Statute Book
Now before the stinkies get their green ink ready, or threaten to exhume my granny or send me letter bombs or bomb my children, I must let you know exactly where I stand on this.
I do not hunt and have never hunted. Frankly, the idea does not appeal to me because I do not ride horses and I do not get pleasure from hunting live animals. I am happy to kill anything I eat myself, though. I do however know that foxes are a menace and need to be culled. Anybody who keeps livestock knows this. Furthermore, this is an ancient country pursuit, fairly harmless as country pursuits go, and hey, I really do not mind if people dress up in pink coats to do it, or drink sherry or speak in squeaky, upper-class voices verwy, verwy lidely.
In the scheme of things, this was a vindictive piece of law that singled out the posh and those who aspire to being posh. But perhaps the biggest reason this nonsense should be done away with is that it interferes with individual liberty.
And so it is that, by this time next year, all those shamefaced prosecutions of people who wish to engage in country pursuits such as this will be consigned to the stink bin of history. And all those people who are consumed with class hatred will have to make up another reason to persecute country folk.
And if you are rabidly anti hunt, please leave a message. I am used to them and they are always unconsciously funny and semi-illiterate. I am sure my regular readers will find it highly amusing. But remember, you have no right to determine the way other people lead there lives as long as they do not harm you.