Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Willy Poole Column

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Willy Poole Column

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Byline: By Willy Poole

I suppose you will be expecting me to comment on the Hunting Bill.

I also expect that some of you will expect me to be weeping into my mug of Earl Grey about the projected demise of hunting.

It ain't dead yet and I would remind you of the only truthful remark made by the late Harold Wilson ( the worst Prime Minister of the 20th Century until Mr Blair came along.

He said that "a week is a long time in politics". How very true.

It might be helpful to recall how Mr Blair got himself into this undoubted mess.

The late Lord Jenkins of Hillhead was one of young Mr Blair's mentors.

It is a matter of record that he advised the young man never to stick his hand into the wasps' nest of field sports ( very good advice.

The received opinion is that Blair has no great convictions about hunting, but his wife is dead against it as are the class warriors in the Labour Party.

The fact that none of them knows the first thing about it counts for nothing ( "I have made up my mind, do not confuse me with facts," is, or so I am told, a fine example of "dialectical materialism."

You may remember that Blair got himself into this because of the Irish.

He had returned from solving the "Irish Question". He was exhausted and emotional and, at some meeting or other, someone slipped in a question about banning hunting. Blair engaged his mouth, whilst his mind was in neutral.

Some years ago, I was in a pub in Connemara, on Ireland's west coast where Irish Gaelic is the first language.

There I picked up a most useful saying ( "Is minic a bhris beal duine a shron" (there should be some accents, but my computer does not do Gaelic) this translates roughly as ( "It's often a fella's mouth broke his nose," and that, figuratively speaking, is what Mr Blair's mouth did.

Now the class warriors have him backed into a corner.

As I write this, what happens in the immediate future is a given ( the Bill will go through the Commons like the proverbial hot knife and will go to the Lords. …

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