"The Hunting Act is both a very bad law and an affront to civil liberties. Its repeal would signal a break from the prejudice and class war of the previous parliament and a new relationship between the Government and the countryside

Why is this idea important?

Most of all the repeal of the Hunting Act would confirm that Britain is a mature liberal democracy within which the rights of minorities are respected even if their activities are not supported by all. The alternative is Government by opinion poll and the Hunting Act is a classic example of how legislating on the basis of prejudice, rather than evidence and principle, creates bad law.

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