This week was to have seen a free vote in the House of Commons on an amendment to the Hunting Act.
Trollope, as his readers will know, was a keen rider to hounds and continued to enjoy the pastime until into his sixties. Many of his most vibrant passages are those devoted to hunting scenes and some of his protagonists pursued more than just foxes during the hunt.
No doubt Trollope would be in favour of the proposed relaxations in the hunting ban and in this I must differ from him.
I am pleased to note that the issue has, for the time being at least and almost certainly down to a political calculation by David Cameron that there was strong public opinion against such a relaxation, been kicked into the long grass. Long may it remain there.