First, I must respond to the query from ‘Old Albion’ arising from my previous posting. There were no connections made to the forthcoming referendum on independence for Scotland during the debate about commemoration of World War 1 on Monday evening. The only indirect reference was the general acknowledgement of the unstinting contribution – and supreme sacrifice – of men and women from all the constituent nations of Great Britain and Ireland (including, then, both North and South, of course).
Beyond that the extra time gave us all a better opportunity to be more thoughtful, and I think that you will agree if you read the debate that the tone was sober, sensitive and forward-looking. If you have an opportunity to read my own short contribution you may (or may not) be surprised to hear that I have since received some very intemperate messages about “foreigners” and UKIP from readers of the paper my Grandmother always referred to as the “Daily Wail”. At the time of writing some 1,800 comments have been posted on its website, outnumbering much more significant reports. Of the messages sent direct to me several are so abusive and illiterate (“drop ded as soon as you can”) that I can only suppose that some people are trying to give UKIP a bad name by pretending that they are members. However, I have also received an equal number of very welcome messages of support (“thank god someone spoke up”): thank you!