Squirrel Hunting

#1
This is one of those things that makes the British Army great - lunatic Young Officers:

Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt


The Daily Telegraph said:
Merlin Hanbury-Tenison, a 21-year-old Army officer and huntsman, towed the laundered sock five times in front of two panting squirrel terriers and a pack of baying civil libertarians.

"This is primarily a protest about the Hunting Act, but it is great fun," he said. "It takes skill to keep the sock ahead of the hound until the last possible moment, when it kills said sock."

The hunt was formed a year ago after Mr Hanbury-Tenison was told off by police for allowing his dog to chase squirrels and is named for the square on which Tony Blair owns a house.
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
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#3
Easily googled, if you're bored. Stowe, class of 2003. Clearly a long line of eccentrics in the family, since they named him Merlin. Cav or Guards presumeably?
 
#4
Bouillabaisse said:
Easily googled, if you're bored. Stowe, class of 2003. Clearly a long line of eccentrics in the family, since they named him Merlin. Cav or Guards presumeably?
I assume you meant Inbreds?
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
Inbreeding generates 12 toes and madness. True eccentricity requires that gift of genius tempered with lunacy. Solon's right - its this kind of behaviour that won us the Empire.
 
#6
Bouillabaisse said:
Inbreeding generates 12 toes and madness. True eccentricity requires that gift of genius tempered with lunacy. Solon's right - its this kind of behaviour that won us the Empire.
Indeed, men like these ordered the Charge of the Light Brigade, split the army at Isandhlwana, planned the Somme offensive, ordered troops to open fire on unarmed crowds at Amritsar- hang on a mo...
 
#7
In his interview with The Daily Telegraph, young Merlin made it clear that he and his chums were attempting to make a serious political point. As a serving, commissioned, officer surely that places him in breach of the regulations regarding military personnel becoming involved in politics? Will he then be disciplined for making political statements and/or giving interviews to the press? That is assuming that he had neglected to obtain permission for either?
 
#8
Invicta said:
In his interview with The Daily Telegraph, young Merlin made it clear that he and his chums were attempting to make a serious political point. As a serving, commissioned, officer surely that places him in breach of the regulations regarding military personnel becoming involved in politics? Will he then be disciplined for making political statements and/or giving interviews to the press? That is assuming that he had neglected to obtain permission for either?
Should there be any unpleasantness, no doubt Daddy will have a quiet word with someone in the War Office who he was at Eton with. :D
 
#9
Neuroleptic said:
Invicta said:
In his interview with The Daily Telegraph, young Merlin made it clear that he and his chums were attempting to make a serious political point. As a serving, commissioned, officer surely that places him in breach of the regulations regarding military personnel becoming involved in politics? Will he then be disciplined for making political statements and/or giving interviews to the press? That is assuming that he had neglected to obtain permission for either?
Should there be any unpleasantness, no doubt Daddy will have a quiet word with someone in the War Office who he was at Eton with. :D
...and no doubt put down to 'high jinks' and therefore expected of a young subaltern....
 
#10
FFS,

Half of you complain that no-one stands up for anything then with the next breath complain along some outmoded-whinging-proletarian-claptrap-cliched lines. For those of you who have missed this - we call this moral courage - to act in a way one knows is right without a thought for the consequences.

GAG
 
#11
Solon_of_Athens said:
FFS,

Half of you complain that no-one stands up for anything then with the next breath complain along some outmoded-whinging-proletarian-claptrap-cliched lines. For those of you who have missed this - we call this moral courage - to act in a way one knows is right without a thought for the consequences.

GAG
On the contrary, I love it when people stand up for the things that really matter in life. Frankly I'm not convinced that this qualifies. A commissioned officer in the British Army acting in an outmoded-whinging-patrician-claptrap-cliched manner in support of his right to kill small mammals invites ridicule.
 
#12
It made me laugh when I read about it in this mornings Torygraph; I see we have now got to the point where vermin (squirrels) are regarded as wild life, according to the Metropolitan police. Now that really is a "FFS".

I say Hurrah for young Merlin.
 
#13
Neuroleptic said:
Solon_of_Athens said:
FFS,

Half of you complain that no-one stands up for anything then with the next breath complain along some outmoded-whinging-proletarian-claptrap-cliched lines. For those of you who have missed this - we call this moral courage - to act in a way one knows is right without a thought for the consequences.

GAG
On the contrary, I love it when people stand up for the things that really matter in life. Frankly I'm not convinced that this qualifies. A commissioned officer in the British Army acting in an outmoded-whinging-patrician-claptrap-cliched manner in support of his right to kill small mammals invites ridicule.
I stand by my last post. This is not about hunting (of which I am in favour), this officer is bound by the same rules as is every other serving soldier. If he HAS broken them then he should expect to be held to account. Admittedly, its not the same as mounting a protest against out involvement in Iraq, but the rules are the same.
 
#14
I'll let you into a secret...

... a young officer stands up for what he believes to be correct in a non-military environment. He is disciplined by the Army (dogmatically correct) and gets a slap. Choice 1 he leaves because the Army is no longer fun, Choice 2 he stays and when faced with an opportunity to stand up for what he believes in on behalf of his soldiers he chooses another path for fear of being disciplined again.

Has he failed the service test?
Has he committed an offence?
Is it really necessary to extinguish a spark of elan?
 
#15
I feel comforted by the fact that our young, talented and gifted officers are spending their time and energy providing useful training and leisure activities for their men.

I'm glad they have focused on the important issues like fox hunting and not over-burdened themselves with stupid, pointless, irritating matters like making sure the blokes have the right body armour for dangerous postings.

I say "Well-done" to young Merlin for using his family connections for getting himself out of a self-imposed sticky moment and completely ignoring his professional responsibilities.

I think he should be decorated.
 
#16
Howler said:
I feel comforted by the fact that our young, talented and gifted officers are spending their time and energy providing useful training and leisure activities for their men.

I'm glad they have focused on the important issues like fox hunting and not over-burdened themselves with stupid, pointless, irritating matters like making sure the blokes have the right body armour for dangerous postings.

I say "Well-done" to young Merlin for using his family connections for getting himself out of a self-imposed sticky moment and completely ignoring his professional responsibilities.

I think he should be decorated.
You're not from very good stock, are you comrade?
 
#17
Solon_of_Athens said:
This is one of those things that makes the British Army great - lunatic Young Officers:
If this is know one of the things that make the army great then things have changed since I finshed my 22. This is one of the things that fills papers and not much else. If he has abused his position as on officer/rupert/prat then do him.
 
#18
I think the terrier was quite p*ssed off when he finally realised he chasing a mouldy old bit of axminster from the Ghillie's cottage. I hope he was allowed to satsfy his artificially induced blood-lust at a later time.
 
#19
Bouillabaisse said:
Easily googled, if you're bored. Stowe, class of 2003. Clearly a long line of eccentrics in the family, since they named him Merlin. Cav or Guards presumeably?
Cheers for that, I thought I'd heard the name before. His father is the explorer Robin HT.
 
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