Archive for April 13, 2010

Have the hunters had PR advice from Gerald Ratner?

It’s been quite a remarkable few days on the hunting campaign.

We were contacted last week by the BBC’s Politics Show South West, as they were planning a debate about hunting on Sunday’s programme. We provided guests for interview, but the Countryside Alliance refused to take part on the basis that hunting “is not an election issue”. The Conservative Party were also absent, as none of their candidates in the South West were willing to take part.

Not an election issue? Who are they trying to kid? It was the subject of the front page of The Independent two weeks ago and the focus of a further two pages inside. And as the BBC rightly pointed out, hunting as an election issue is prominent on the websites of both the Alliance and ‘Vote OK’.

Furthermore, this morning’s publication of the Conservative Manifesto provides further detail of how this isn’t an election issue. On page eighty is a commitment to a free vote on repeal. It says:

The Hunting Act has proved unworkable. A Conservative government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.

So there you have it. Not an election issue, but the focus of tv debates, newspapers, websites, and in a political party’s manifesto.

The hunters must be taking PR advice from Gerald Ratner.

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Image of the Day – 144

That some people do this for ‘fun’ says a great deal about the type of human being they are.

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