On Blackstone and an obsessive-compulsive disorder
I am no expert but I think that Blackstone has a point in his Commentaries on the Laws of England when he writes that laws "that regulate and constrain our conduct in matters of mere indifference, without any good end in view, are laws destructive of liberty". This is true even when they are made with our consent. If there is no overriding public interest, such as exists with the laws against murder and theft, they infringe on our freedoms.
By passing the law against hunting, the Labour Government has harmed the liberties of many country people while doing nothing to help animals or create any public good. Beatrix Potter, Kenneth Grahame, Anna Sewell, and Henry Williamson have done far more to create compassion for animals with their stories (though Beatrix, who raised sheep, was not friendly to foxes).
As I read Judge Cottle's decision on huntsman Tony Wright (see David's post below), it seems to me that Wright tried to comply with the law, yet found himself arrested and fighting two court cases over two years. That is outrageous. But he is but one of a number of persons valiantly fighting against unnecessary laws which are tightening like a noose around the throats of British citizens.
Why do governments today constantly pass laws? It seems almost like an obsessive-compulsive disorder. So few laws do any good. So many of them cause harm because they are poorly drafted, create unintended consequences, or are the result of politicians and government officials who want to run our lives.
We don't want our lives run by them. We can make that clear.