An eye for an eye makes the world blind
It worries me that various people, discussing the brutality of the police towards the pro-hunt demonstrators in Parliament Square, have said, roughly 'Oh well, people like that will not have objected to police brutality against miners so it doesn't matter.'
This seems to me wanton and disgraceful - we object to all police brutality regardless of whether the demonstrators who get clubbed are people with whom we agree or not. The press coverage appears to have been somewhat biased also - the missiles thrown by a section of the crowd appear to have been eggs rather than anything heavier.
There is a good moral case for banning fox hunting; there is no good moral case for it. There is, however, a case that civil liberties should only be suppressed in real emergencies - as someone who was involved in the SM community at the time of the Spanner trial, I don't entirely feel that the moral outrage of a majority of people is enough. And again the fact that most, but by no means all, fox-hunters have not shown any great previous commitment to the rights of others is hardly relevant - rights and freedoms and liberties have to be considered inalienable and not the product of negotiation and reciprocity.
I have been conflicted about this issue from the beginning and in a lot of ways I wish I was not.
I also feel that part of what is going on is a new class of technocrats and international bureaucrats and managers, who are not our friends, taking the oppurtunity to demonstrate to the old gentry that the o.g. are no longer the masters, and that they now are. And who can readily sympathize with red-faced MFHs and their scrubbed progeny at being ousted from power? Not me, but I don't like their replacements much either.
At least Tory toffs don't in general claim to be our friends.