Jolyon Maugham QC and the dead fox

Jolyon Maugham QC and the dead fox
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In previous years, Boxing Day has proved an occasion in which high profile Tories can find themselves in the firing line for taking part in various fox hunts across the country. However, this Boxing Day, it's another political figure making headlines for their interactions with a fox. Step forward Jolyon Maugham QC.

The Remain-supporting lawyer and campaigner took to social media this morning to share his thoughts for the day. Only it wasn't a message that related to the UK's impending departure from the EU. Instead, Maugham announced that he had kicked off Boxing Day by killing 'a fox with a baseball bat' after it tried to get inside his hen house and became trapped in the process:

Maugham went on to explain that the act had been carried out in a kimono:

After cries of outrage on social media (killing a fox can be a criminal offence depending on the circumstances), Maugham has clarified that he has got in touch with the RSPCA should they have any questions regarding the incident.

Well, with 2020 looking to be a bad year on paper for the 'Stop Brexit' brigade, at least Maugham should have the time to deal with any issues that arise from the incident. Mr S suggests that those who wish to offer support for Maugham at this difficult time do so by identifying on Twitter as members of the Fox Bashing People’s Enclave. Or #FBPE for short.

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