SIR – Regarding Mr Burgess’s misguided comments and his usual inability to understand an argument, he continues to miss the point.

Now that the barbaric practice of killing foxes for pleasure has been divorced from riding to hounds, many more people feel able to support this wonderful tradition, as has been seen by the increase in the numbers attending meetings.

Contrary to previous arguments, the banning of fox hunting has not resulted in the devastation of the countryside, the slaughter of countless horses and hounds and full-scale loss of employment.

The hunting ban has given us a law that the majority of people support. Any attempt by a future Conservative government to change this law, while the world faces economic turmoil, would show exactly where Tory priorities lie. Finally, perhaps Mr Burgess can explain to us exactly what class has to do with hunting?