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Overturning the hunting ban was one of the Tory's election promises to win back votes especially from the pro-hunt groups and as he is a hunting fan has personal appeal to PM Cameron.
May appeared briefly on the show to talk about the hunting ban and it was briefly. I just caught a sideways glance Neil gave to the two politicians also appearing Michael Portillo and Alastair Campbell as May stepped into the limelight. It was a slight but telling glance.
Portillo as a former Tory MP is obviously an advocate of fox hunting but his view last night was that it was an English tradition worth keeping.
Michael Portillo's attempt to justify fox hunting as a tradition worth protecting left me wondering if that means he would be an advocate of the Yulin annual dog eating festival which is a 'tradition' in one part of China; as BBC reports "He clashed with former Conservative MP Michael Portillo, who said he would vote to repeal the ban if he could because he doesn't want to "extinguish a nation's culture"."
But it is not my culture, even though I am English born and bred, and many English people will agree with me
He was allowed to gloss over the cruelty aspects of hunting and used the hunting brigade's terminology that foxes are vermin.
Foxes in fact help keep the numbers of true vermin down, such as rats and mice. More often than not if you find a person calling foxes vermin that person is a member of the hunting set.
One online dictionary defines vermin as "noxious, objectionable, or disgusting animals collectively, especially those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, bedbugs, cockroaches, mice, and rats" which hardly fits a fox.
It does however also two other definitions:
As soon as Dr May challenged the assumption that foxes are vermin the knives were out and the time ran out. May was dismissed and the credits rolled and he too looked rather baffled.
The point is the hunting issue he was appearing to discuss was pushed into an inappropriate time-slot showing there was never a serious attempt to include it in the show but rather to ridicule it.