It won't take long - it could happen before I finish typing this blog entry - for someone to add the Hunting Act to the government's new Your Freedom
website through which members of the public can air gripes about legislation and put the case forward for repeal of unpopular laws.
And so when the hunters pile in, as they inevitably will, it's worth remembering two things.
Firstly, when they claim that the Hunting Act is a breach of their human rights and civil liberties, remember that the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and
the European Court of Human Rights dismissed the hunters' claim to that effect. There is, very clearly, no human right or civil liberty to be cruel.
Second, there is absolutely no public mandate for repeal. Polls by Ipsos-MORI and YouGov consistently show that a significant majority of the public support the ban on hunting. It is only the bloodthirsty minority who want to see it repealed. A government that ignores the general will of the people on an emotive issue such as this is a government out of touch.
And finally, something to think about. If the hunters want the Hunting Act repealed because it makes their bloodsport a crime, why don't we get some burglars to suggest repeal of the Theft Act, or some rapists to suggest repeal of the Sexual Offences Act? Same argument, after all...