...Hunting is the rallying-cry bringing together these different interests. Almost immediately after it came to power in 1997, the Labour government announced that it proposed to ban hunting. This may have been a classic political mistake. While a majority of Britons favour banning hunting, they do not, by and large, mind very much about it.
They made their beds - now they must lie in them. This is what generations of pacifism gets you. "I favor it (programmed response) but I guess I don't mind it (conflict of logic)."
The minority who oppose a ban, by contrast, mind a lot. Then again, the plan to ban hunting may have been something altogether more cynical. The government may see it as a concession to its left wing that will cause a great deal of sound and fury but, in the government's view, no substantial harm...
"No substantial harm..." Well, that's what big government doles out - "who cares about the people's freedoms?"
Examples like this is why you vote every chance you get!!