You Jock cheppies over thyah! Keep ite of our jolly English hunting vote, won't you? Jolly good sheow!!
Restoring the freedom for groups of riders on horseback, accompanied by a pack of hounds, to chase a fox and see it literally torn to pieces, all in the name of sport, was an idea to which Cameron, given the constituency he represents, his social circle, and his political inclinations, was highly susceptible. The problem for him was that his majority is only 12, and the SNP had decided to being their own dog to this particular fight.
There have been protests over the decision of the SNP to intervene in the debate, because, well, this is an English matter, dammit. But the Scots beg to differ: they have their own thoughts on how to tighten the law on hunting, and if the Tories really mean they want to align the law in England with that in Scotland - one of the most-touted excuses for the law change - the Scots changing their own law would have a knock-on effect.
As Faisal Islam has observed, those Tories opposed to the change claimed to have the support of three ministers plus around 50 back-benchers. Others have indicated they would abstain. Even with EVEL, Dave and his pals would be far from certain of carrying the vote. Worse again, the constant attempts to gerrymander the Commons risk further undermining the Union they claimed to want to preserve only last year.