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A hunting group invited some MPs to shoot the breeze (and some birds) and people are mad

Tory MPs are being criticised for going to a fancy hunting event paid for by a pro-shooting group.

What it means: Four Tory MPs spent a weekend swanning around a posh manor house and shooting some pheasants and partridges, and it has caused some serious drama.

Animal rights activists say shooting birds is cruel and unethical, and there is no good reason for people to kill 36 million pheasants in Britain each year. Pro-shooting groups say their sport adds £2 billion into the UK economy each year, supports 74,000 full-time jobs and brings happiness to hundreds of thousands of people who find shooting birds fun. What were we saying about ‘growth is good’ being debatable?

Other people say that the real issue is not whether people approve or disapprove of MPs’ hobbies, but that the event was an excuse for a group of people to try and influence lawmakers to advance their own interests. The shooting event the MPs attended was paid for by the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and came just four days after the Welsh government (in which some of the invited MPs sit) announced they were thinking of banning pheasant shooting in Wales.

76 percent of Welsh people support the ban, but most can’t afford to spend £953 to take an MP out for a weekend. So when lobby groups spend lots of time acting chummy with lawmakers, people worry that government policy (and the economy) will be skewed towards the interests of the rich and powerful.


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  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?