This England

After seven months' investigation, the central finding of the Burns inquiry into fox-hunting [was that]: "We are satisfied that this experience seriously compromises the welfare of the fox." - Independent (Ian Stirling)

Last night the Duke of Beaufort, joint master of the hunt, denied that there had been any wrongdoing. "If something has happened to the vixen, and cubs are in need of food, it is not against any rules to feed them. It is being very kind to them." - Times (Eileen Spencer)

Because of falling milk prices, farmers Peter and Julie White of Pentridge, Dorset, are selling exotic lingerie over the internet. - Observer (V Mistry)

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This article first appeared in the 26 June 2000 issue of the New Statesman, We made the people-smugglers rich