Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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NOT content with stopping free-born Englishmen from hunting, shooting and fishing, backbench MPs are turning their attentions to banning beastly foreigners from doing anything nasty to animals.

Lindsay Hoyle, Labour MP for Chorley, has demanded that his government use its political might to stop Cypriots gorging themselves on thrushes, a delicacy on the menus of the island's restaurants. There are many injustices in the world which make one hanker for the days when a British gunboat was always on hand to take a few potshots at misbehaving foreigners, but this is perhaps not one of them.

Hoyle is even claiming British ownership of the threatened creatures. `This House notes with concern the number of British songbirds being killed in Cyprus after migrating for the winter months,' he begins his thundering early-- day motion. On what basis can he justify this avian imperialism? Surely, the wretched things could equally be described as Cypriot songbirds which migrate to Britain for the summer months. …

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