Sir – At last Mr Burgess has broken cover – his arguments for hunting have nothing to do with animal welfare.

He has proved that he is a true blue Tory. My attacks have never been against country people, only the morons who hunt deer and foxes and torture defenceless hares, all in the name of sport.

In his attempt to maintain the status quo, Mr Burgess has revealed his simplistic political views: “All Labour bad, all Conservative good.”

He makes the assumption that all the country people vote Tory and therefore do not support the hunting ban. I think not. He has forgotten why the electorate became sick of the Tories – sleaze, cash for questions, Lord Archer and Jonathan Aitkin imprisoned, and we didn’t even know about the duck houses, moats and heli-pads!