Why the Countryside Alliance have to fiddle polls
The Countryside Alliance have admitted that they ran a campaign to change the results of a Radio Four poll. The poll, which was supposed to be an open poll asking people which piece of legislation they would like to see overturned, was hijacked, when the Countryside Alliance used its website and e-mail lists to lobby its pro hunting supporters to vote.
The fact is that if the Hunting with dogs act was so unpopular, they would not have needed to fiddle the poll results.
The Countryside Alliance constantly claim to speak on behalf of the countryside. However, I've never in all my years of canvassing in country areas, living in country areas, having a council ward that takes in a large chunk of countryside around the North of Fakenham, ever had anyone say to me that supporting hinting is important. That's not to say that some people enjoy hunting animals. But for the Countryside Alliance to constantly claim they are speaking on behalf of the countryside is utter rubbish.
They speak, in the main, on behalf of the rich, the privileged and landowners,not on behalf of people, like me, who have lived most of their lives in the countryside.
The full report is HERE.