A one time hunt sab, I’m obviously delighted to hear that the ban on hunting will take effect from Friday and that the government’s 1997 promise that parliament would have its say has finally been honoured.
Fox hunting is only the highest profile animal rights issue, not the most important, on which New Labour has proved a disappointment. The Protecting Animals in Democracy campaign has highlighted many more issues on which New Labour has failed to honour its promises including the refusal to ban religious slaughter without stunning; failure to tackle factory farming or battery cages for hens; permitting horses to be exported abroad for slaughter; and failure to tackle the exotic pet trade. This kind of failure and disappointment (a sadly consistent theme of New Labour) drives the disillusioned to stuff like the Backing Blair campaign, which has quickly revealed itself to be less than honest with obviously false claims of a government / Labour Party denial-of-service attack on its website.
Yet PAD isn’t giving up on politics like Backing Blair. It understands the importance of setting a forward looking agenda that demands something positive, rather than a simplistic call to ‘get rid of Blair’. PAD is analysing the parties’ and individual candidates’ records and commitments on animal issues and identifying the main contenders in constituencies across Britain. Tories rarely make promises PAD supporters like to hear, so they’ll inevitably support Labour and Lib Dem candidates as nobody else is likely to be identified as a main contender.
Yet, in truth, the Tories remain the only opposition party with the capacity to win a general election and are the most likely beneficiaries of Backing Blair. The ugly fox hunting debacle’s lesson is that, left alone, New Labour cannot be trusted to honour its promises, but it can be forced to if harassed effectively. The Backing Blair route guarantees failure not just on animal rights but across the board.
BackingBlair.co.uk… not exactly trustworthy……Fox hunting: parliament’s chance to be relevant……Pro-hunt barbarians at the gates……Fox hunters and the retreat into pop……On animal fashion, morality and suffering