At the moment it seems at least as likely that the Conservative Party will include a promise to introduce a law of vicarious liability for wildlife crimes in their election manifesto as will the Labour Party. Given that this would merely be catching up with Scotland it’s hardly the most radical of ideas but, it seems, too much for Labour. But we’ll see.
Having said that, it would be very unlikely that Labour would oppose any such legislation and therefore one route to success, always a bit of a gamble,would be to hope that a sympathetic MP comes high in the Ballot of Private Members’ Bills.
I scoured Betfair but they didn’t seem to be allowing betting on the different parties’ chances of including vicarious liability in their election manifestos, so here are some prices:
Lib Dems Evens
UKIP 50/1 (we believe they are down the pub thinking about it right now)
SNP 100/1 (‘we already have it where we come from – and very good it is too. You should try it!’ – an SNP spokesperson might have said, if asked)
The Green Party 100/1 (they would ban all bloodsports so why bother with vicarious liability?)