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December 26, 2005

That Hunting Ban.

It would be enough to make the Baby Jebus weep.

First, pass an inane law about hunting mammals with dogs for class hatred reasons.

Then, find that this law is so incompetently drafted that it doesn’t actually make any difference.

Far from consigning hunting to the history books the ban has given the 1,000-year-old sport a renaissance, with thousands more in the saddle or on foot in pursuit of a fox scent and sometimes accidentally hunting real foxes.

The proposed solution?

Ten months after the ban on the sport Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, is being urged to give officers a right of access on private land to check hunting activity and to make arrests, The Times has learnt.

Give the police the power to enter private property without a warrant (and without being in hot pursuit or anything like that).

Yay! Wonderful! Ancient rights destroyed all round!

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Isn't a new law coming into force on Jan. 1st making any offence arrestable? I am hopelessly clueless when it comes to the law, but a policeman friend of mine assures me that it's true. This would tie in nicely. The coppers could come onto your property without a warrant and then arrest you for common assault when they catch you giving your son a clip around the ear - for defending the hunting ban.

Merry f*cking Christmas :)

Posted by: sortapundit | Dec 26, 2005 3:00:40 PM

This pattern is becoming so common nowdays that I'm half convinced that it isn't all part of some sort of master plan:

Step 1, create a storm in a tea cup over some really trivial matter (hunting, 6' leylandii, noisy dogs, whatever) to get the backbenchers and the dimmer end of Fleet Street hot under the collar.

Step 2, draft some really stupid legislation to placate the backbenchers knowing that it will be ineffective.

Step 3, when it proves the legislation is ineffective and the backbenchers and dumb journos start getting antsi again give the cops some really draconian powers (or even better create a new agency with draconian powers).

I still think this government are to dim to find their own arses with both hands, let alone carry through a plan as complicated as mine. I'm not quite ready to dig out the tinfoil hat quite yet, but I am beginning to wonder where I left the bacofoil.


Posted by: Remittance Man | Dec 26, 2005 3:59:47 PM