Op-Ed: People power has won the day with a little help from Labour and SNP MP's. The Tories have withdrawn the free vote on hunting after the SNP said it would vote with Labour to #keeptheban.
Tuesday UK PM David Cameron turned tail when it became clear the Tories could not win a free vote to "water down the ban" scheduled for this week.
A series of polls have also shown that the majority of people in the UK want to maintain the hunting act or even strengthen it.
Arguments that 'townies' do not understand the hunting issues do not wash; it has nothing to do with rural against urban but everything to do with stopping animal cruelty and banning so-called 'sports' that are cruel.
But the battle is won maybe not the war
As we wrote earlier today The Tories will take the long view-they have five years in office.
The Tories will now wait until they have closed all loopholes including implementing legislation which will prevent the SNP voting on legislation affecting England.
Can they pull that one off though?
As the Tories have revealed more about their plan for English only votes, aptly called EVEL, the SNP must have realised the only real winner from such a measure will be the Tory government.
In the run up to the 2015 General Election the Tories spun the SNP from north of the border as a potential threat to English democracy and the spin worked.
The Labour Party was and still is between a rock and a hard place. But they will have to be brave and bold and accept that the SNP can be an ally in the Commons during the next five years.
In fighting and fighting between the two parties will be destructive and play into Tory hands.
The SNP Tuesday gave the #keeptheban campaign in parliament and on the streets an edge and we should all be thankful for that; way past the time to bury past differences and join forces against the Tories.
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