Oh, this is sickening. I wake this morning to find the Daily Mail plastering the following headline over a news article on MSN:
'No nice way to kill a fox': Anti-Brexit lawyer defends clubbing fox to death
Now this is the Daily Mail at its most poisonous and devious, mixing up two completely different strands of news, Brexit and Animal Cruelty, and subtly creating a link in readers' minds that those who've resisted brexit belong to a group of animal-hating, fox-killing upper-class hunters. The fact this man is a lawyer who has involved himself in opposition to brexit has nothing whatsoever to do with his attitude to foxes or his chickens. Publishing the story the day after boxing-day is cunning, because it gently hints at his being a red-coated hunter out with his hounds when in fact he was at home with his chickens. I'm not defending his actions, either concerning the fox or his behaviour as a tax lawyer, but I find the linking of unrelated ideas very distasteful; it creates and reinforces unfair stereotypes. It's been cunningly and professionally done, subtle, with layer upon layer of defensible action. But at the bottom, it's just an incitement to hatred, a further effort towards inflaming an Us-versus-Them war, and is the Daily Mail at its most disgusting.