Boring readers with hunt rant
Madam -- Fiona O'Connell might have to change the title of her weekly rural column from 'Lay of the Land' to 'Rant of the Week', if she doesn't want to fall foul of the Trades Descriptions Act. I refer to her recent piece 'Hunters prepare for a blood-red September slaughter', in which yet again she abandons any pretext of impartial commentary on country matters, opting instead to use her privileged position to unleash a ferocious attack on hunting.
Ms O'Connell paints a lurid picture of mass slaughter that owes a lot more to her ability as a writer of fiction than it does to fact-based journalism.
The thousands of men, women and children across this island who live for their weekend's hunting do not in any way match the insulting and worn-out stereotypes peddled by Ms O'Connell.