I missed Mr Cuthbertson's response at Conservative Home to Matthew Parris' claim that Tony Blair will leave Britain "a happier country than he found it".
One of the comments, by sim, struck me.
I have canvassed extensively for the Conservative Party since 1987 - I have seen anger, enthusiasm, opposition and apathy.
What I had never seen until the 2005 GE was an incredible number of ordinary people saying either that they wished they could leave the UK, or that they were glad to be old so they wouldn't live to see more decline in the country they loved.
Time and again, voters said they didn't feel at home in their own land anymore - and this was not just a reference to immigration, which is very visible here.
Mr Parris vision of 'a kinder, gentler' nation is echoed in yesterday's Caroline Wyatt Today report (Realaudio) on the French first round results, where Segolene Royale's 'gentler France' is contrasted with Sarkozy's 'brutal' rhetoric. No bias there then.
More alleged Church abuse.
After his ordination in 1979 he was appointed assistant curate at a church in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, where he is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old.
When the boy’s mother informed the police and church authorities, Mr Smith was moved to another parish, eventually becoming vicar of St John the Evangelist Church in Clevedon, Somerset.
Both Catholic and CoE churhes have been guilty far too often of simply shuffling an accused priest elsewhere, often to continue assaults.
More alleged 'Brit' jihadis.
Younis Tsouli, from Shepherds Bush, West London, was born in Morocco but was granted indefinite leave to remain in Britain two months before his arrest. Tariq al-Daour was born in the United Arab Emirates of Palestinian parents and became a British citizen in May 2004.
Cheers to the Home Office for those particular decisions.
Is it not a bit strange for a Bullingdon Boy to be calling for more civility ?
The General Teaching Council investigates unacceptable behaviour.
- a classroom being vandalised during a break time, with windows smashed and glass thrown around the room, books destroyed and desks overturned;
- boys openly using mobile phones to download pornography, accessing obscene websites on school computers and making serious sexual suggestions to her;
- a pupil accusing her of hitting him, and threatening to report her to the police and sue her;
- having to stand guard by the classroom door to prevent students walking out.
The unacceptable behaviour, of course, is in reporting it.
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