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Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

In response to Jack’s post… I do not support a ban on fox hunting. Predictable, I know, since I rarely support banning anything. Frankly, though, I haven’t heard a single logical argument for banning it. The fact that it’s apparently ‘cruel’ to foxes certainly doesn’t count as logical. If it’s cruel, then it is already illegal under the Cruelty to Animals Acts 1849 and 1854, not to mention the Martin Act 1822, and the bazillions of other Animal Cruelty Acts (famously passed long before the Cruelty to Children Act 1884 – useless trivia, all part of the Tilly O’Shea service).

It’s like Tony’s ludicrous brainwave of passing legislation to ban using a mobile while driving – it was already illegal, why complicate the matter by introducing another bill specifying that this in particular is illegal? Are we to pass another law to say that killing someone by poking them repeatedly with a fork is illegal, just in case our laws on murder aren’t clear? Unnecessary legislation does nothing but infringes on the freedom of the people.

Back to fox hunting… Whilst I would not want to put on boots for hunting and do it, and whilst I can see Jack’s point that “dressing it up as a sherry guzzling, red jacketed wankfest is wholly unnecessary”, I don’t see any good reason to ban it. If everything I didn’t particularly like was banned, then this country would be somewhat less than a utopian ideal.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.

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Comment from Anonymous


    13.44, 11/06/2007

i agree with wotever you just didnt say because you arent right so i dont agree congratulations wanker


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    13.45, 11/06/2007

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Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    09.43, 12/06/2007

And those comments achieved… what?




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