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Sep. 17th, 2004

Why the Daily Mail Can Fuck Off, Part One Million

Yesterday's Headline: This explosion of rage by people who normally wouldn't think of breaking the law will be the defining event of the Blair State as the poll-tax riots were for Mrs Thatcher

Today's Headline: Right Royal Rebels, topping a story about how four of the eight who stormed the Commons are on Prince Harry's polo team.

Yes, Daily Mail, a bunch of polo playing toffs who are friends with the third in line to the throne really are the equivalents of the people who rioted against Thatcher's poll tax. You wankers.

By the way, I know some very nice people who hunt. A good (and non-posh) friend of mine's dad is a former Master of Hounds who still trains (adorable) fox hound pups for his local Hunt. I do not think all hunters are aristocrats and that, even if they were, aristocrats deserve to be assaulted by the police. But there really is no justification for hunting other than "I like chasing an animal and killing it because it's fun", and that's just not good enough. I don't care if it's "part of their way of life". So was slavery. The only bad thing about the ban is that it means the "right royal rebels" will all be coming over here in their stupid red - oh, sorry, "pink" - jackets and riding through our back gardens.


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Sep. 17th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
Isn't fox hunting banned here though? I thought only drag hunts were legal.
Sep. 18th, 2004 03:01 am (UTC)
No, it's still legal. Coursing and badger-baiting and cock-fighting and dog-fighting are illegal, but foxes can still be chased around the countryside with impunity! My horsey sister Rachel has friends who hunt (although she's anti-hunting and has only gone on drag hunts), and my friend Bryan's dad trains the puppies for their local hunt; last time P and I were in his house he was telling us about a relatively recent hunt where he saw, from a hill, the fox outwitting the dogs by running into the middle of a field, doubling back on its tracks, and running off in another direction. The hounds followed the scent into the middle of the field and were then totally confused. The fox really is very cunning, but of course doesn't manage to outwit the beasts every time.
Sep. 18th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
Ugh, how depressing. Tearing animals apart, what an amusing pasttime.

And on that note, Ryan Tubridy was in fine form earlier this week, making jokes about some cruelty case in Canada where a cat was skinned alive. RTE have apparently been getting huge numbers of complaints about his attitude (I mailed them and got both an automated and personal response saying my complaint had been passed on to the producer).
Sep. 18th, 2004 02:03 am (UTC)
The Daily Mail is so irrelevent that it doesn't even burn well. Yes, I've tried.
Sep. 18th, 2004 05:31 am (UTC)
The best headline was in The Sun. "For Fox Sake!"

And I took great delight in mentioning to people rather to the right of me that when the Anarchist demonstrations happen in London, they tend to go rather less violently, and not do stupid things like break into the Commons.
Sep. 18th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC)
You didn't like "Toff With Their Heads" in the Mirror?
Sep. 19th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I must have missed that one, but I do like it. I think I'm still going to have to put the Sun first, with a very honourable commendation for the Mirror.
Sep. 18th, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
This explosion of rage by people who normally wouldn't think of breaking the law will be the defining event of the Blair State as the poll-tax riots were for Mrs Thatcher

As opposed to the giant anti-war protests of 2003?

I realise those were legal, but sheesh.
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