Hundreds of hunt supporters are under orders to ride into action in key marginal seats within hours of a general election being called, in the knowledge that David Cameron will allow a return to hunting with dogs if he gets to Downing Street.Normally they'd be delighted with such an influx of volunteers but they'll also be surely be apprehensive at the potential blowback from both animal lovers and, let's face it, class prejudice. Richard Graham, the Conservative candidate in Gloucester puts it quite delicately:
Documents seen by The Independent show that hunt masters have been rounding up supporters and sending them to the most fiercely contested seats, ahead of a big push planned for the first 72 hours of campaigning.
"My opponent loves talking about the Cotswold cavalry, cantering into town in pink chinos and Barbours, while his 'door knockers' are Gloucester born and bred."The campaign by the pressure group Vote-OK, which is hoping to wreak revenge on those MPs (mainly Labour) who voted to ban fox-hunting, certainly seems well-organised. Possibly in certain constituencies they may make a positive difference but overall I think it's probably the kind of help the Conservatives would rather have stayed more anonymous; the prospect of that revenge may excite the hunting fraternity, I'm sure it's not a vote winner amongst the wider electorate.