The few regular readers of this blog may rightly have realised that I've not mentioned the local elections that took place on Thursday yet.
I knew it was going to happen but that doesn't prepare you for the headlines that declare that the town in which you live is now the 'race hate capital of Britain' (Evening Standard) or 'the far right capital of Britian' (Guardian). The BNP had a field of 13 candidates across the 17 wards that comprise the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. 11 have been elected as councellors with a twelfth to be added, in all likelihood, once a clerical order has been overturned in the High Court next week. I took some consolation that in my ward the BNP was not elected but that was shortlived as he is the twelth man.
It's thoroughly depressing and I have so much to say on the matter that it's all jumbled up in my head at the moment. There'll be more in due course.