Greens and Ward Union Hunt headed for extinction?

An exhausted deer with blood in its mouth being dragged from a County Meath farmyard towards a livestock trailer at the end of a Ward Union hunt.

It’s really hard to know which is worse – a minority of large middle-aged men, Billy Bunter-like, stuffed into red blazers blowing their whiny horns protesting on behalf of the Ward Union Hunt outside the Green Party’s Annual Conference yesterday .

The Greens want to ban the hunting of live stags ……………..

Or the sight of young well educated middle class Greens  endorsing the Greens Conference slogan to do ‘The Right Thing’.

There is something mildly unsettling of the image of the Fianna Fáil-supporting developer Mick Bailey’s large torso bursting out of his Ward Union hunt red blazer all fitted out to ‘tally ho’ across the countryside in chase of a terrorised young stag.   An Irish multi millionaire developer aping his former colonial masters?

Of course, inside the conference centre Green leader John Gormley must have been absolutely thrilled that the Warn Union buckos had turned up as it played right into his media savvy hands and gave him a marvellous platform to impress his animal rights voters in leafy Dublin 4.

Apart from that, you had a leader’s speech which spent the first 15 minutes in self-congratulatory mode telling the couple of hundred delegates and a clutch of invited foreign diplomats what a great bunch of guys the Greens really are and how they are determined to do ‘the right thing’.

At 5% per cent in the polls with transfers dried up the party’s game could be up. Fine Gael are now polling a consistent 34% so it was  little surprise that Gormley singled out this party for attack in his speech. FG are biting at Gormley and Ryan’s bums.

The Greens,  unfortunately,  are being portrayed by certain sections of the media and by former high-ranking senior members as a narrowly defined minority party that have voted for swingeing cuts in return for the trappings of office and, like the Ward Union Hunt they have so spectacularly targeted, could be headed for , if not extinction, certainly an extremely depleted representation come the next General Election.

And like the Ward Union Hunt, both minorities are using a rhetoric that seems out of touch with the harshness of people’s daily realities.

One is reminded of the Yeatsian warning of ‘fumbling in a greasy till’ .

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2 Responses to “Greens and Ward Union Hunt headed for extinction?”


  1. 1 steverawson April 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Harriet,

    I fully support the ban on stag hunting and take my hat off to all the animal rights activists who have been campaigning on this issue for years and to the Green Party for introducing the legislation.

    However I totally disagree with your second point which is basically an extremely weak justification for the Greens remaining in Government and supporting the current Fianna Fáil administration. And I really do not understand how you can claim as you do ……..’whatever about NAMA, the tough budget, or whatever’ is to be totally dismissive of people’s fear, frustration and despair.

  2. 2 Harriet Egan March 29, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Well, why not give credit where it’s due? If the Greens are set on banning this form of deliberate cruelty to animals, then fair play to them for that, whatever about NAMA, the tough Budget, or whatever.

    Does anyone believe that a FG/Labour government would have delivered a solution more palatable or more economically viable?

    Some of us have been lobbying for DECADES, for just months or years, to get stag hunting, coursing, and fox hunting banned, and replaced with “drag” hunting, coursing etc…so, even those among us who dislike the Greens, are inclined to say: “let the government fall, but please…not just yet.

    The stag hunt ban should be in place by the end of summer. After that, we can relaxa bit…though it would be nice, for us AND for the unfortunate hares, if JG could manage to nobble FF on hare coursing too!


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