Thrusting away

The Countryside Alliance had their ‘Thrusters Ball’ at the Botleigh Grange Hotel near Southampton on Friday night and our mole has supplied some interesting photographs which we may use in the future.

It was a formal black tie event, but the formalities ended at the bar where our mole reports some very interesting conversations that, for reasons of general decency, can’t be repeated here. It certainly had none of the decency or formality of the Alliance’s “Awards” event in Parliament earlier last week.

The programme for the Thrusters Ball makes for very interesting reading. Guests were invited to take part in laser clay pigeon shooting, an auction, terrier racing, and they could even have a go on the bucking bronco. After all the excitement, guests could cool down at the ‘Vodka Luge’ at the bar for £1 a shot. Raffle prizes included a day out with the Southern Shires Bloodhounds.

We were amused that they were in the Millennium Suite. After all, their sick pastimes belong in the last Millennium, and not in this.

All the amusement aside, it was interesting to note that their partying that evening had no reference whatsoever to rural post offices, education, transport, or farming. It was hunting, hunting, hunting. Quelle surprise!

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