Dear Editor:- I write to congratulate the Telegraph for printing in full the recent speech of Simon Hart MP in the House of Commons. It beggars belief that the gross problem of tuberculosis in cattle and badgers has been allowed to run and run, whilst a variety of different interests are allowed to argue upon the finer points of scientific evidence.

The problem lies in the fact that farmers are a minority group of voters, set against a tide of wannabe country lovers who are more swayed by television programmes, than by common sense.

All country people regret the cycle of infection which has incorporated badgers into the dreaded disease, but there is now a reservoir of infection which must be broken up, for the many reasons outlined in Mr Hart's powerful speech.

All of you people, please listen to the farmers and their families who are in the direct line of fire.

Richard Sykes Forest Farm Narberth