Letter: After the hunt Bill

SO THE Bill to end hunting with dogs has been lost.

The majority of the nation wanted it to succeed. The majority of country people wanted it to succeed. The overwhelming majority of the House of Commons voted for it to succeed. But the Government didn't want it.

An indirectly elected government chosen by an indirectly elected prime minister appointed by a non-elected Head of State allowed our antiquated legislative procedures to frustrate the will of the people and their elected representatives. And The Independent defends this (leading article, 14 March)!

What do we say to the many people who have worked for so long and so hard to achieve an end to this cruel activity? What do we say to dissuade those who want to take "direct action"?

M J FARRELL

Ongar, Essex

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