I hesitate to write this lest it bring down the wrath of the diversity enforcement squad upon some poor innocent (!) but something strange has come about in the last few months and I now wonder why.
The derelict, abandoned and half-demolished buildings that once traded goods in the heart of Newport Town Centre have all been boarded up. On their facades billboards have been erected. These jokingly claim Newport is "OPEN" for business, fashion, music, entertainment ... while concealing from the passer by the fact that the town centre shops on which these hoardings have been placed are anything but, and largely thanks to council largesse and runaway stupidity with other people's money.
You would think that an institution that has been roundly criticised for concealing the sexual abuse of minors by its staff would need no lessons in the advocacy of homosexuality.
However, it seems that the Welsh Assembly Government does not agree.
Welsh Assembly Minister for education Leighton Andrews has enthusiastically siezed the opportunity to criticise the Catholic Education Service for its decision to remind pupils over the age of 16 of their ability to express the tenets of their faith by criticising, through the government's E-Petition system, the relentless demands of those whose sexuality is most unlikely to contribute to the next generation of citizens for homosexual MARRIAGE as opposed to the current totally secular, non-religious civil partnership ceremony currently allowed in British Law.
A little over thirty years ago Margaret Thatcher sacrificed me on the altar of political ideology, slashing the Medical Research Funding that kept me in a job and giving me the first of the six P45's I've had in my roller coaster career.
Thirty six hours ago I was in A&E expecting to have to make use of one of my own bright spark moments from that time. Thankfully not, but the unexpected possibility that I might be on the receiving end of my own ingenuity, which others had the sense and foresight to put their own blood sweat and tears behind after my enforced departure, taking a barking mad idea and turning it into medical reality, made me reflect on what has become of this country in the intervening period.
The city of Bristol is a city of taverns, maritime history and folklore whose fame and fortune is known worldwide, and quoted by professional black men at every opportunity so as to attempt to embarrass us over the ethics of a bunch of african islamics towards their like-skinned, but differently-worshipping bretheren.
Or how about "London has now become so multi-cultural the BNP's candidate to be Mayor is an Italian Uruguayan called Carlos Cortiglia". But I have to be a bit careful using those words, for they are, of course, copyright by the BBC Script Writer who fed them to one from the carefully hand picked panel of so-called comedians of "lunatic left" and "champagne socialist" persuasions to give them the benefit of a cheap laugh. For those who feel the need to wallow in misery, a Youtube Video of them saying it can be found with a little dilligence.
The Party I once felt worth supporting and indeed standing as a candidate for has managed once again to cheat victory and romp home with a last minute, last place defeat.
UPDATE: I have just noticed in the local paper's "as it happens" blog (from which I noted at 22:40 an entry that said "The Press were to be excluded while the count proceeded" a far more worrying entry from 02:17 revealing that "Counting Had Now Started" (after a four hour delay, why so long ?) and that they were hearing '1,800 Postal Votes have just been "found" which might alter parties' predictions'
I think it's a safe bet we know whose candidate those 1800 votes were cast for. Allah Be Praised.
OK I confess it wasn't "Question Time" - but the pointless BBC "Election 2012" coverage. But it was chaired by the same odious Mr Dimbleby so hardly a surprise I fell asleep while he droned on.
It seems that Baroness Warsi has put both feet in her mouth by suggesting the "My Round At The Bar, Lads" U've Been Kippered party are doing well because they have picked up the anti-EU vote of disaffected British National Party Voters.
Predictably the loyal following of the "we're here, drinking beer" bunch are outraged. I can't think why.