That headline (in the Daily Telegraph) has presumably been planted by the National Trust, some officials of which are so keen to protect the interests of trail hunting they’ll go to any lengths, including breaching the bounds of truth. The additional claim that the opposition to trail hunting is merely a “conjured up social media campaign” is quite outrageous. Did the Trust say that to the journalist? How else would he have got that idea?

A ban would not destroy its relations with the countryside. The great majority of people in the countryside support the ban and don’t support the Trust aiding and abetting those who wish to circumvent it.

It is the Trust’s attitude which is wrecking its relations with the countryside, nothing else – ask anyone in the countryside who has dealings with it. Let’s hope the Members vote to save it from the reactionary forces which have dominated it for far too long.