However when I heard that Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MP had lent them her support I broke out in a cold sweat. I have a lot of time for Ann, I have seen her speak and she is an undoubtedly a formidable MP. However I have no desire what so ever to see her naked. I am sure the feeling is mutual.
It turns out that Ann was not taking part in a naked protest but was writing to all her fellow Tory MPs asking them to back the campaign to use fake fur on guardsmen’s hats, or bearskins (to give them their proper name).
For the record I don’t have a problem with the guardsmen’s hats being made from real fur. The Canadians shoot well over a thousand bears a year as part of their wildlife management and we take about 60 – 100 pelts a year.