It was announced yesterday that Lord Ashcroft has commissioned an unprecedented television advertising campaign which he hopes will persuade the inhabitants of six small Caribbean nations not to back Japanese-inspired plans to overturn the ban on commercial whale hunting.
Ashcroft has devised and funded the US$500,000 campaign - Tell Japan We'll Keep The Ban - which will be shown in each of the six islands whose votes he hopes to gain in favour of sustaining the current whaling ban. The vote takes place at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting which begins in Anchorage, Alaska at the end of May.
The six islands are Antigua & Barbuda; Dominica; Grenada; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. I wish Lord Ashcroft the best of luck with his campaign.