An organization in the United Kingdom whose stated objectives are to represent the interests of country dwellers, to work ‘for everyone who loves the countryside and the rural way of life’. This includes campaigning, lobbying, and seeking to affect legislation and public policy, in particular concerning hunting, shooting, and angling. The Alliance reports research that reveals a widespread misunderstanding about gun training for instance, members of the public thinking that such training does not make gun abuse less likely in the future. It has opposed what it sees as an ‘unjustified ban on broadcast advertising of firearms’, saying that the respectable sport of shooting has been unfairly bracketed with prostitution and brothels. From the Alliance's web literature, it is clear that it seeks not only to overturn the 2004 Hunting Act that banned fox hunting with hounds in England, but also to shift the ground of politics itself by continuing ‘to campaign for a more tolerant and balanced House of Commons’. The Alliance was set up in 1997, the year in which the New Labour government took office and political power after eighteen years of Conservative administration, and its political—not merely sporting and conservationist—agenda is clearly stated in this anti-constitutional objective. The Alliance does much of its face-to-face campaigning at race meetings at countryside tracks, where its uninhibited pro-hunting commitment is even more forcefully expressed than in its web rhetoric.
http://countryside-alliance.org.uk/ The Alliance's official site, mixing sporting enthusiasm with conservative politics.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.