No foxhunting vote

Before the last election a number of voters contacted me and asked for my  view on foxhunting. I explained that I was not pressing for any change in the current law and regarded the matter as settled. I was not seeking a new vote on it.

It was a surprise to find one proposed in the Conservative Manifesto but that did not alter my view. I am pleased to report that the government, on reflection, has decided there is no need for a new vote and that they are happy too with the settlement arrived at in the previous legislation.

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  1. Blue and Gold
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    As someone who has lived in 3 different rural counties I know much about opinions regarding foxhunting.

    Almost ALL the villagers in each community that I lived in were AGAINST fox hunting, so don’t let the Countryside Alliance fool you into thinking otherwise.

    It is plainly not right for for live, wild animals to be ripped apart by dogs.

    Not re-visiting the current legislation is something Theresa May should be congratulated on and I am delighted that Mr.Redwood agrees with her decision.

    • Wessexboy
      Posted January 12, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      I’m sure, Blue and Gold, that you have in mind a more humane way for the sick and old foxes to be dispatched, since they are the ones that get caught by hounds…. I also lived in rural communities, and found the vast majority of those around me, other than townie imports, were in favour of fox hunting. However, perhaps as the Conservative party moves ever more leftwards we can expect little else.

  2. formula57
    Posted January 12, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    “I am pleased to report that the government, on reflection, has decided there is no need for a new vote” – well indeed so but this matter provides a stark example of an approach from Mrs. Weak & Vacillating that is almost Milibandesque – unnecessarily raising a matter to public attention, adopting a stance, then abandoning it when it appears wrong and/or inopportune.

    If it becomes a case of as goes foxhunting, so goes Brexit, someone’s place in history will be unenviable.

  3. alan jutson
    Posted January 12, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Was daft of May to even reconsider revisiting it, especially in a general election pledge.

  4. gyges
    Posted January 13, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Stop the press. A politician _actually_ believes in democracy.

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