The things people will do in politics.
Fox-hunting is undoubtedly a pursuit that causes pain and suffering; if it weren't, the upper-class and country set would see little point in it. That a fox can be seen as a pest or as vermin does not excuse the celebration of cruelty that accompanies the chase.
Those F-16s I keep going on about (they really do keep me awake at night, I promise) are going to stop their constant patrolling over seven US cities, which has so far cost half a billion dollars. But they will continue over Washington.
I dislike publicly having to take a colleague to task, but I was dismayed a fortnight ago when the New Statesman columnist Mark Thomas called for the killing of President Bush.
Readers may have noticed that, in this column two weeks ago, I offered £4,320 to anyone who would assassinate George Bush. These comments were picked up by the American embassy, which telephoned the New Statesman offices to complain and threaten unspecified redress.