Friday, 13 August 2021

A Real Truth of Historical Experience

Keir Starmer finally has a policy, and it is even the correct policy. He wants a tuberculoid camelid to be put down, as is of course going to happen, anyway. But still, it is better than the nothing that he has had to say on any subject hitherto.

On either side of the Great Debate, caring more about an alpaca than about Afghanistan comes as no surprise to those of us who remember how Tony Blair and Hilary Armstrong, neither of whom voted for the hunting ban in the end, used it to buy support for the invasion of Iraq.

10 years later, Prince Charles paid Blair the £10 that Blair had bet him that, by then, hunting would still be going on unimpeded. It is a pity that they never had a bet on whether or not the weapons of mass destruction were ever going to turn up. As G.K. Chesterton said, "Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice."


  1. John Reid the Defence Secretary said we'd take Afghanistan "without a shot being fired".

    1. He went on to vote for the same licensing scheme for hunting that Blair and Armstrong did, and against a ban, like them.