» Thursday, September 16, 2004

Hunting Vote

Questioned on why the Prime Minister had not voted last night, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had had other engagements yesterday, which we had been carrying out. It had been clear that both the vote on the ban was going to be carried and that also the vote for the delay was going to be carried. The Prime Minister had been absolutely clear that the delay had been needed to give industry time to adapt. The Prime Minister’s strong preference had been to reach a compromise, and that was why he had strongly supported the efforts of Alun Michael in the many weeks and hours Alun Michael had spent trying to negotiate a compromise and that was why the Prime Minister regretted that a compromise had not been reached.

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  1. To use the Parliament act to force through legistlation that the Prime Minister can be bothered to vote for?

    Comment by Colonel Mad — 18 Sep 2004 on 8:42 am | Link
  2. Let’s use plain English.

    "The PM did not like the fact that MPs had opted for a total ban and did not want to be seen to be voting for a total ban so he made sure he was elsewhere at the time of the vote," said the PMOS.

    Comment by Roger Huffadine — 18 Sep 2004 on 1:12 pm | Link
  3. Right then!

    Lets be honist!

    The PM saw that fox hunting is in no way cruel and should not be banned, but he could not revoke the ban because this would cause uproar by “Anti Hunters” So he decided that the best he could do was to not ban Hunting entirely!

    Comment by Steve Bosley — 23 Oct 2008 on 9:34 am | Link

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