Reading today about the traditional fox hunts which take place every Boxing Day, and how the Minister for Agriculture believes that the ban on hunting should be lifted. Currently hunting with hounds is illegal, even though it continues and although the police have done nothing to enforce the ban.
Previously, when hunting was legal, the police turned up at hunts to arrest hunt saboteurs. Yet, now, they claim that it is too expensive to enforce the hunting ban, and so have decided not to police it. Whatever the rights or wrongs of hunting, should it be the case that everyone should obey the law, or should some in society be considered above the law?
It's always been the same in the UK.
There are those with money and status and those without. The law only applies to those without of course.
Think of the MPs expenses scandal?
If that was you or me, we'd have been jailed, and lost our jobs.
Yes MPs seem to be above the laws that they make. I have been reading the BBC online news, where there have been many comments made by country people, who are against the hunting of foxes with hounds, so the idea that the ban only has support from townies simply isn't true.
I think that if the Royal Family were not such big supporters of the hunt, then there would be steps taken to enforce the law. As it is, the police would not want to be seen as acting in a way which would make the royals appear in a bad light. And the fact that it is mostly the aristocracy who hunt, and it is often the same people who serve as county magistrates, that it would be impossible for the law to be enforced in these rural areas.
Well, you know, if the police can't be bothered policing those illegal hunts, the hunts saboteurs can get in there and do their worst!
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