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From the Editors Desk

Well, didn’t we put the cat amongst the pigeons with last issue’s cover story about the Government’s proposed ‘Pay As You Drive’ tax scheme and how it may ultimately affect cat shows?

In fact, it wasn’t so much just putting the cat amongst the pigeons and driving a 4 x 4 right through them! We certainly received a lot of correspondence for Viewpoint about that – the most we’ve had on any subject for quite some time, in fact.

Whether the ‘Pay As You Drive’ scheme ever gets past the pilot stages and goes nationwide remains to be seen, but of course it‘s just another one of those "Let’s-tax-you-by-the-back-door" schemes (or even by the driver’s door) and another example of interference in our lives that we can do without.

If ever it should affect our leisure time activities – such as cat showing – then it’s time to man the barricades as far as I’m concerned.

I think it’s fair to say that most of us go to cat shows because it’s a form of leisure. Okay, that’s not to say it can’t be a bit stressful at times, but it’s something we choose to do, a hobby, a hobby being essentially a relaxing pastime.

If we are to be denied that on the grounds of extra costs slapped on us by bureaucrats, not to mention the insidious ‘spy on the dashboard’ that let’s ‘Them’ known where we’ve driven from and to, then it’s the thin end of the wedge.

By the way, it’s great that so many of you wrote into Viewpoint about it – a selection of your letters appear in this very issue.

But please remember, there’s lots of other news items in every issue and there must also be developments within the Fancy worthy of comment, so please, don’t be shy – drop us a line to Viewpoint and tell us what you think. Share your thoughts with other cat fanciers. OUR CATS is your Forum in the Fancy, don’t forget!

Well, that’s all ‘til next time. I hope you’re enjoying the summer shows, but let’s also hope that the weather doesn’t get too hot at them all the same.

Now there’s a thought – do you think that Global Warming is affecting cat shows? Or is it all a load of hot air? Don’t forget - write to Viewpoint….

Nick Mays
News & Features Editor