being brutal and primitive, has a bad effect on the character and behaviour of those who practise it,
and if so, whether this bad effect
justifies outlawing it.
Dalrymple replies that
any such effect, if it exists — which, given the elaborate rules and ritual governing fox-hunting, is most unlikely — is of tiny social significance compared with the bad effect that football exerts on both its practitioners and its audience.
There is a stunned silence in the studio.
It was as if I had gone to Mecca and said there was no God.