What a stunning morning! The autumn colours remind me of New England.
Yesterday evening, I was over at St Saviours church in Westgate, where the Reverend Tom Barnfather was welcomed by the local and faiths community as the new priest. Cllr Tom King welcomed him on behalf of the Westgate Residents Association and I'm sure readers would like to join all of us in welcoming him to his new Ministry in Westgate.
Strangely enough, during the service, it was promised we would all be home in time for the BBC's highly controversial Question Time. I won't make any other comment, other than to say that I still believe, in the interests of impartiality and political debate, that it was right and proper to allow Jack Straw to take part in the programme!
What perhaps interested me more yesterday, was the Director of Public Prosecutions, speaking out against the plans of an incoming Conservative Government to derogate from the European Human Rights Act and introduce a British Human Rights Acts instead, with the intention of doing away with the catalogue of abuses of which we are so familiar.
One such example is reflected in the efforts now of four Home Secretaries to repatriate the Afghan hijackers to diverted an aircraft to Stanstead. Each removal order has been quashed by the courts, despite the fact that Britain has expended much effort and too many young soldiers lives, ejecting the Taleban from Afghanistan. The hijackers remain with full welfare entitlements, even though there appears to be no sound reason to let them, other than a generous interpretation of their rights under the European Act. Parliament now has no control over European law interpreted by our judges. However, other countries simply interpret the law to suit their own national and political purposes, the French being a prime example.
I would be interested to know if readers think this is a good idea or take the side of of the DPP?