a reply to: Cymru
With the greatest respect to yourself, and the total contempt necessary to deal with the BBC's grammatically challenged approach to actually forming
the report in question, one could easily be forgiven for having no idea what happened, or who was the instigator here.
As it happens, the case could not be clearer.
Hunt monitors, that is, people who go to hunts to make sure that hunts are within the law, take visual record of events, and pass on any violations
and evidence thereof to the authorities, were present to monitor the Belvior hunt. People affiliated with the hunt, attacked the monitors and stole
their camera, breaking the SD card within, to destroy any evidence of wrong doing. Four of the six attackers remain unidentified, as they rolled up in
a 4x4, dressed all in black and wearing balaclavas.
This was not a case of hunt saboteurs getting feisty with the local barony, and getting clipped round the ear hole with a riding crop. This was a six
man beat down on two men whose method of protest was as utterly peaceful as could possibly be. There is no justification for what happened, and the
men who have been identified so far, should be in jail, regardless of the word of Princess Diana's sister. The woman is joint huntmaster, so has a
significant, one could also say prohibitively significant conflict of interest, where the outcome of this case was concerned.
Its perfectly probable that the goons who jumped those two monitors were actually in her employ at the time. In any case, that the two identified
assailants have not been jailed, is a massive miscarriage of justice in my view, and I hope this matter is revisited. I would also hope that on the
basis that the injuries sustained were of the potentially life threatening variety (not many people survive a broken neck after all), charges of
attempted murder are bought, which would lend greater scope to the investigation than the relatively minor charges of varying types of assault. I
would also hope that the hunt as an entity, and everyone involved, INCLUDING Lady Sarah McCorquodale herself, will be included in the scope of the
Given her involvement with the hunt as joint huntmaster, its highly unlikely that the fellows in the black fatigues and the balaclavas, were not
either known to her, or in her direct employ for the precise purpose of beating up those who oppose in even the mildest manner, the hunt of which she
is such an intrinsic part.