Tony Blair has written the following in his autobiography:
1. That he regrets banning fox-hunting.
2. That he had deliberately sabotaged the Act banning fox hunting, in order to ensure there were
loopholes that would allow the sport to continue.
Blair says he regrets banning fox-hunting because it hurt him politically. But as far as 'hurt' goes, I think fox hunting sounds like it hurts. I can imagine that if I
was a fox, it would probably hurt to be chased through a field by a
bunch of bloodthirsty dogs and guys on horses and then literally have your body torn apart by the pack of said dogs. And if I happened to be, say, a pregnant vixen getting my cub ripped out of me (because of
course, baby foxes are born between
January and May, which is prime fox-hunting season)...that would definitely hurt.
I think he needs to see things in a bit more perspective. Weigh up the pros and cons of it all, you know? Sure the ban made some interest groups angry at him, but it also saved loads of fluffy-tailed foxes from a needlessly violent early death. That said, I suppose asking for perspective from a guy who took some flimsy intelligence and used it to take the country into an illegal war which claimed the lives of 100,000 civilians might be asking too much (see footnotes *1, *2, *3).
Anyway, I recommend checking out the Hunting Act 2004 for yourself, to see what you make of it. It's available on LexisLibrary for your reading pleasure, along with many journal articles which cover the effect of the legislation in far greater detail than I have here.