Sunday, 30 December 2012

Localism and Hunting

Cameron could demonstrate both his support of Localism and fulfil his electoral commitment to take action on the Hunting Act by devolving the decision. A simple two-line Bill that abolished the existing Act and gave each local authority the power to make Byelaws banning the hunting of mammals with hounds would surely be a victory for democracy?

Lambeth, Southwark and Tower Hamlets could therefore ban hunting to the great satisfaction of their electors whilst the debate in the Shires would be more nuanced.

10 comments:

Barnacle Bill said...

Probably the most sensible way to go about it, but in reality the worse way.
We'd have a re-run of all the troubles of the Blair period.
Plus life in the Shires would be hell with invasions of all the anti-hunt storm troopers. Supported by all the likes of Tower Hamlets.

Mind you it might be an excuse to kick the next English civil war off as well!

right_writes said...

I have often thought that the young bucks from Tower Hamlets (and other city boroughs everywhere!) would greatly enjoy hunting urban foxes...

...BMX bikes, those little scooters and skateboards flying along the roads, pavements and alleyways accompanied by packs of PitBulls.

So Raedwald, let us not restrict any local vote to the rural idylls... What about the deprived city folk?

Span Ows said...

I think it best to leave well alone: as Barnacle Bill says it would produce a re-run of the previous class struggle but more intense [sarcasm on] due to the cuts CUTS CUTS!! taking food from the childrens' mouths and leaving families on the street and the poor downtrodden and jobless without hope [sarcasm off]! Waving a lefty flag to the lefty bulls(hitters) like Blunkett the other day. Plus there are many hunts with largish towns on the doorstep and so you'd be inviting a further defeat.

I would leave it be and have hunting as an oft broken (bad) law, never enforced like doing over 70 on a motorway.

G. Tingey said...

SLIGHT problem ...
I loathe fox-hunting, though I am aware that, in rural areas, they can be a great nuisance, especially if you keep (tasty) birds in enclosures.
However [1] There are such things as chicken-wire & shotguns to deal with that problem.
However [2] In towns, some urban foxes are actually beneficial.
They certainly are on our allotments, where, provided we protect our seedling onions/leeks/shallots/beans/peas (The foxes LOVE to dig them up) they also make sure we have very few RATS, a lot fewer pigeons, and sometimes, fewer squirrels.
The local cats seem to have come to a modus vivendi with Reynard, as well, very funny to watch.
They are truly beautiful animals - & I'm going to send Readwald a picture, together with a commentary.
I hope he puts it up ...

DeeDee99 said...

You surely didn't think Cameron meant "localism" in order to give any REAL power to local people, did you?

I think fox hunting has gone for good. The Conservative Party simply isn't brave enough to overturn the law banning it; it fears the BBC calling it the Nasty Party and Labour calling it the Party of Toffs who like to torture poor little foxes.

Demetrius said...

Shock, horror, you refer to mammals. Does this mean that in Tower Hamlets the West Ham supporters will be forbidden to hunt those of Millwall?

G. Tingey said...

Millwall supporters don't have Cerebrums, so it's all right to hunt them - however I don't think that pond-life is usually hunted, do you?

Anonymous said...

I think that the debate about fox hunting needs to be parked for now. Much as I support the right to hunt, I do not want this (or any future) government wasting one more second of tax payers time on sonething of so little national importance. In short, I do not want the coalition to do the same as feckin Labour did and debate fox hunting for 200 hours and invading foreign countries for 20 hours.

We can, of course, come back to this once we have fixed broken Britain.

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

If we had had the Great Repeal Bill we were promised, then it would have happened en passant ....

Anonymous said...

Broken Britain is broken beyond repair.
Too much time is taken debating what to do, with too little knowledge of what is "broken" to enable fixing to start.
I'd like to say "back to basics" except that the place has been little except basic for decades now.