Anyway, from here it's strange seeing a group of hobbyists hold the government to ransom. It's rather as if it were a by-word that "You don't mess with the morris dancers", or "They'll never put VAT on balsa wood - the model aircraft enthusiasts wouldn't stand for it."
The closest comparison I can think of is fox-hunting, which took a lot of outlawing (and then in a half-hearted, tenth-enforced sort of way), and would no doubt have been reinstated long ago had the Tories been governing alone. Although they are different in several obvious ways, there are some points of similarity in the two groups' rhetoric. The fox-hunting lobby didn't become powerful because riding to hounds really is the most efficient way to control foxes, any more than the gun lobby has become powerful because Thomas Jefferson wanted assault weapons for all. But both groups have managed to identify their own narrow interests with sacred and immemorial national freedoms, of which they see themselves as guardians. A neat trick, if you can pull it off.