First, a big thank you for the encouragement. And thanks to Iain Dale who gave the blog a plug this week, despite me not getting on his Christmas Card list anytime soon.
Moment of the Week: Probably a theme rather than a moment, that theme being the rift between how people want us to see them and how they really are. Nominees in this category include Gordon Brown and Alastair Campbell, for suddenly "doing" emotion.(I wonder why?), Tom Harris for advising bloggers to "Allow commenters to have their say" whilst ruthlessly moderating stuff merely because he doesn't like it, and ex Police Commander Ali Dizaei, who finally ran out of Race Cards to play.
Blog post of the week goes to The Universality of Cheese, whose piece about Scotland's relationship with the landed gentry gets us into the kind of thinking territory that could make Scotland a truly radical proposition as an emerging independent nation. I don't necessarily agree with what Mark says, but you have to sometimes think the unthinkable.
Best Heartwarming (literally) story for me is the case of Davender Kumar Ghai, aged 71, has won the right, in the British court of appeal, to be cremated in this country according to the ordinances of his religion and culture, after a long battle with beaurocracy. HERE
The only sad thing about this is my sneaking suspicion that Political Correctness had something to do with it, rather than a flat admission that we have a right to be disposed of as we wish, born out of an understanding that we have the right to self-determination and liberty.
There is rarely a day goes by when I don't think of our soldiers in various parts of the world, men and women who are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. I don't like war, but then again, neither to most soldiers. We should always remember them and support them as human beings, even if their political masters behave like war criminals. I have accordingly added a web site to the blog, http://www.the-daily-politics.com/ no, not that one, which is an arm of Olive Net, the military network.
Daft personal bit: I have taken up smoking a pipe. I am not a smoker, as such, but I wanted to try it. Not a good idea for someone with an addictive personality. Toodle Pip.