The Hunting Act with 52.8%
European Communities Act : 29.7%
Serious Organised Crime and Police Act : 6.2%
Human Rights Act: 6.1%
The Act of Settlement: 3.6%
The Dangerous Dogs Act: 1.6%
Hardly an unexpected result, though I don’t quite see why the fact a lot of people feel strongly enough about an issue to get up a campaign about it means their views should be discounted. For what it’s worth, I voted for repealing the Hunting Act not because I particularly want to hunt and certainly not because I was induced so to do by the Countryside Alliance or anyone else (though possibly my late wife would have come back and haunted me if I hadn’t) but because I think it’s an illiberal law that has nothing to do with animal welfare and a great deal to do with poltical spite and with Tony giving his backbenchers something to distract them so they could feel they were doing something progressive and radical.
Under proportional representation, by the way, I’d probably have voted to scrap SOCPA, but it was obvious that the contest was between the Hunting Act and the European Communities Act and, of the two, I wanted to see the Hunting Act go rather than the ECA.
There’s an interview on the site with Anne Widdecombe and Baroness Mallalieu about whether the vote was rigged and another, rather more interesting one, with the Hansard Society’s Lord Holme of Cheltenham about the difficulties in getting laws repealed as compared with getting them passed; I think
James Naughtie [Ed Stourton, apparently; shows how closely I was listening] is unduly pessimistic when he says in the interview something to the effect that people wouldn’t vote for a party that said it didn’t plan to do anything particularly dramatic if elected but would, rather, spend its time tidying up legislation and getting rid of some. I’d certainly vote for them.
Difficult to disagree, certainly, with Lord Holme’s wish that (if I jotted it down correctly) governments would be
less promiscuous in their desire to legislate for every possible eventuality.
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