A New Year Message for 2014 from Conservatives Against Fox Hunting- Blue Fox
A Conflict of Interest or just plain Self Interest
At the start of a New Year and with the traditional New Year hunts meetings taking place, we continue to hear a mirror call of the hunting clubs from a few Conservative MP’s for a relaxation of the hunting ban. The hunting lobby are briefing and arguing for the Government to repeal or relax The Hunting Act 2004. These people are becoming increasingly desperate as they feel the likelihood of winning a free vote on the issue is minimal. They are now therefore looking for their supporters in the Conservative Party to sneak a relaxation through.
There is a mantra that runs through all MPs when asked how they would vote on matters that could be perceived as a conflict of interest. The politician’s face will turn solemn and they will look you in the eye and say Country first, then Constituency, then party. Bold wise words, statesmen like. However in the case of some hunting Conservative MPs this doctrine falls by the wayside when it comes to the issue of hunting with dogs. It is personal, it is their ‘sport’, their friends participate in this minority activity and the integrity of the Conservative party is thrown into question yet again on the issue of self interest.
The Country does not want a return of hunting with dogs. The latest Ipsos-Mori (18th Dec 2013) poll on the issue shows that 80% of the country think fox hunting should not be made legal again.
Constituencies don’t want a return of hunting with dogs or a repeal of the hunting ban. The same poll shows that the opposition to hunting with dogs is equal in rural communities as much as it is in urban communities.
The Conservative Party does not want it. The poll shows that two thirds of respondents who said they would vote Conservative in 2015 do not want to see a repeal of The Hunting Act 2004. Looking deeper into the party issue we know that one of the main stratagems for the Conservative Party in 2015 is attracting women and winning back women voters. This is a key priority of David Cameron’s strategy team yet this latest poll shows that 83% of women are against hunting foxes with dogs.
It is clear that even with or should we say despite the improving economy, the Conservative party is still seen as elitist by many and out of touch with the majority opinion. Calls for a relaxation of the hunting ban perpetuate this image. Times change and politics change. It’s time to say that ‘Hunting with Dogs has had its day’. The Conservative party should stand up for the country, the constituencies, the party and say ‘No’ to the self-interested politicians and the hunting lobby and state ‘No Conservative government now or in the future will bring back hunting with dogs.’