Margot Asquith, the second wife of the Liberal Prime minister, was a passionate fox-hunter till she was over forty, riding powerful horses very dashingly, frequently falling, breaking bones, and getting back on her horse as soon as possible.

Some of the Liberal Party’s Nonconformist voters may have thought it an unsuitable, self-indulgent pursuit for the wife of a leading Liberal politician, but on account of the company, she mixed with, not because they felt for the fox.