MADAM - With regard to the continued 'culling' of thousands of beautiful healthy badgers, turned into vermin by the NFU, the following quote from Professor John Bourne (chairman of the Independent Scientific Group on bovine TB), should be more widely known:

"I think the most interesting observation was made to me by a senior politician who said, "Fine John, we accept your science, but we have to offer the farmers a carrot. "And the only carrot we can possibly give them is culling badgers."'

Why the NFU should be offered carrots when Margaret Thatcher was supposed to have 'crushed' the trade unions, perhaps our own Neil Carmichael can explain.

Mr Carmichael voted for a badger 'cull', and against the clean energy bill in the House of Commons last week, serving his Stroud constituents very well!

I don't think.

Tony Meeuwissen