I heard somethng today that made me 'pretty annoyed', now this isn't an emotion normally associated with me.
Allegedly (to reduce legal issues) a senior Minister, who may also be SoS for Education was asked at a recent social dinner why Bisley did not recieive support for 2012. The response was apparently two-fold; 1) politicians did not want a lasting legacy for shooting and 2) the Bisley estate, as it already has buildings on it, could be used to build houses (one presumes the residents will not be disturbed by the range symphony; to some this is noise to me it is music..) in the future if needed.
Incensed? Well, you should be. Not that you bright chaps didn't know this already but no politician cares about shooting, none of them. So what?
Well, glad you asked because....we have a vote coming up soon on AV, now I was against this BUT...
With AV you could vote with your head (I/my family needs come first so default to party choce of ONLY three) AND vote with your heart (I really like shooting and want to protect it now, tomorrow and forever). You're having a laugh I hear you say!
Now we like examples, so how about this. Your local MP, when you write to them about your love of shooting and what are their views (try it some time it brings them out from cover) if they don't say 'yes' I support shooting', this means generally they will let the sport die in the grass if it suits their careers - it will suit BTW, that was a trick question. With AV, WE the shooting public left, middle and right of centre can set up our alternative party - call it what you will - and get the option to vote 1st (FIRST) for it under AV.
Now we have a some leverage. We can be dreaming to get a Commons seat, but a collective vote (and demonstration of support and intent) could be made UK wide; N,E, S and W of the borders. Half a million shooters are guranteed to have an impact because we get to vote for OURSELVES and OUR party beliefs.
So when we, typically, get let down by our respected coloured parties, we win some solice (even slight) for our head, with AV we get two choices - the benefit of which is we can vote with our head and heart. You get what's good (har har..) for the country AND what is good for you; furthermore, all of sudden the main parties are interested in YOU and your vote.
Of course it goes both ways and our oppressors could raise the game too, but that is a risk I would be prepared to take. For what is certain, from the SoS comments, the 2012 decision and much else, is that no party supports shooting and never will because it is too risky for them and we are dispersed as a vote.
So, if you have a bit of faith and some stones, think long and hard about voting for AV - it might be the only lifeline the sport has - you will have ONE chance.
I toast you all, whatever your choice - I've fought for freedom and am not letting go of it.
Can it be worse than what we have already?