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Monday, March 29, 2010

Campaigning in pink chinos and Barbours

The vast majority of ordinary people who remain opposed to fox hunting will be bemused by the news that the Tories will be enlisting the barbour cavalry to help them win marginal seats this time. The Independent reports:

Hundreds of hunt supporters are under orders to ride into action in key marginal seats within hours of a general election being called, in the knowledge that David Cameron will allow a return to hunting with dogs if he gets to Downing Street.

Documents seen by The Independent show that hunt masters have been rounding up supporters and sending them to the most fiercely contested seats, ahead of a big push planned for the first 72 hours of campaigning. A letter from one Tory candidate, while thanking the huntsmen and women for their support, pleaded with them not to invade his constituency like the cavalry, "cantering into town in pink chinos and Barbours".

Hunt organisers have told supporters that the sport needs a decisive Conservative victory – Mr Cameron is expected to allow MPs a free vote on letting traditional hunting resume. A message to members of the Avon Vale Hunt, which has operated in Wiltshire for 122 years, warns that it could soon cease to exist unless the Tories secure an outright majority. The hunt chairman, Tim Page, wrote: "I would like us all to reflect on what is at stake if we do not succeed in helping get a Conservative government elected at the forthcoming general election, and, importantly with a sufficient majority to give the time to a free vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act 2004."

We really do live in interesting times.
Just to re-assure you that not all members of the Barbour Cavalry are likely to vote Conservative. Although how the Turnip Taleban will vote is anybody's guess.
Bad Show - but we know that
running in an election is like having a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. Conservatives have not learned this yet!
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