14 MARCH 1998, Page 30

LETTERS Norfolk speaks

Sir: I have been reading The Spectator, on and off, for 40 years, and I can tell you that your leader, 'No to nostalgia' (7 March), was quite the most disgraceful and wicked that I have ever read. It was the Labour party, alarmed in advance that the march might attract large crowds, who tried to pretend it was about village post offices, rural bus services and the closure of village schools. It was not. It was because a host of otherwise quiet people were incensed at the townie intolerance of centuries-old country ways of life. Hunting, yes. Beef on the bone. Unpasteurised milk. Nanny, nanny, nanny.

Of course it makes sense for William Hague to show sympathy for such a com- pletely innocent, deeply felt outrage at townie intervention. What's more, I'm sure that plenty in the cities as well were at least sympathetically in support of a group of people being allowed to get on with their lives in peace. You don't have to hunt, or shoot, or go ferreting, to feel concern for people being told that they mustn't do these things, just because they don't rate too highly in Millbank.

It is a disgraceful arriviste like you, arch- urban luvvie, who thinks that Chelsea (or Notting Hill, or Doughty Street) is the cen- tre of the universe, and that everything else is has-been, or yesterday.

Shame on you!

Dominic Low

The Old Bell, Barney, Fakenham, Norfolk