Don't Believe It
Whelan, Charlie, New Statesman (1996)
"Labour MPs vote for end of cruelty to foxes"
Having been conned into voting for war, Labour MPs saved their souls by voting to ban the hunting of the cuddly fox, as ignorant townies call it. I'm sure the thousands of innocent Iraqis killed in recent months would have been delighted to know that our MPs care more about furry animals than human life.
Following the vote and Tony Blair's capitulation to the tree huggers, the most telling statement came from a "government source" who said: "This shows that the government is listening to the Labour Party." And: "This will help us in the weeks ahead." So there we have it. The fox is saved to save Blair's skin over the war and foundation hospitals.
Kate Hoey, who was sacked as sports minister for upsetting Alastair Campbell's mates in the sporting establishment, was bang on when she told the House that deep down, they knew it was nothing to do with animal welfare. …