As a very inaccurate start. Please add or correct my figures. UK population 2007 = 60,776,238 National Trust = 6'920'000 RSPCA = 27'000 RSPB = 1'600'000 Badger Groups = 185'000 Hunt supporters = 225'000 Fishermen = 1'920'000 Football supporters = 2'000'000 Labour Party = 2'150'000 Conservative Party = 2'060'000 Lib Dems = 2,720,000 BNP = 327,000 All figures off Google. Probably a load of rubbish but do numbers count? Regards Noels
This was an open question but I was surprised to see the number of members of the badger supporters groups. The cost of slaughtering cattle who show positive reaction to TB tests is many millions of pounds to the tax payer. When the slaughter of TB infected badgers, by very few people is greatly opposed. The Gov't appears to listen to the few rather than the many who lose their livelihoods. I'm not a farmer or earn my living from the land but like so many other debates it seems to me that those who shout loudest get listened to regardless. I just thought this would be an interesting talking point. Regards Noels
People join and/or support organisations because they believe in what they stand for, or because they want to be identified with the cause - that doesn't mean that an organisation with lots of supporters has too much influence, or that a poorly-supported one has too little; it depends on the people, and on the cause.
I'm astonished to see that your research only turned up 27,000 for the RSPCA - they say they have over a million paid up members.
I said in an earlier thread I had hoped that this would be a light hearted tongue in cheek discussion. However "forum member" has got it about right with the aaahhh! factor. There was a well known actress who said a few yrs ago that "HALF" the people of the country wanted,etc.,etc. She hadn't written to anyone, so how did she know who wanted what? It has always seemed to me that too many organisations claim to represent THE PEOPLE when they only represent their few members. You have now got me too serious. Regards Noels