Why I will support ‘Back the Ban’…..
I know I said the next post might be a little non-political but I changed my mind. Paul Walter writes about the campaign that the Labour Party has launched to ‘Back the Ban’ on fox-hunting. Paul won’t support it because the party tag makes him feel uncomfortable and indeed I agree this is a weakness of the campaign and it’s something that Labour should recognise.
Putting your party logo all over a campaign which should be broad-based to be effective and is about an issue that can unite people across party lines looks like an attempt to gain sectional political interest. Having said that to not support something you believe in because of the same sectional view is the same attitude.
I support the maintence of the ban on fox-hunting and think it is one of the creditworthy things that the Labour Government have done. Hunts are expecting this to be the last Boxing Day before the repeal of the ban however there is no intellectual or moral case for its restitution.
The Independent suggests that this is an outgrowth of Labour’s ‘class war’ strategy. Maybe it is but it is hard not to see the Conservatives pledge to repeal this ban as a sop to sectional, elite interests, especially when as the paper itself notes;
The sport of ripping apart foxes, on the other hand, is decisively opposed by large majorities whenever a poll on the subject is taken.
Surely then it is unrepresentative of the Conservatives to pledge to repeal it? Therefore it is legitimate for Labour to question whose interests they are then representing in doing so because as the paper itself recognises it is certainly not the majority of the public.
Fox-hunting is a barbaric and unnecessary practice therefore it is quite right it is prescribed. Wanting to remove the ban shows that the Conservatives will always put the sectional interests of one group of society before the settled will of its majority. In campaigning Labour should not make the same mistake.