I have just returned from the civic Remembrance Day service at the Fairfield Halls and the laying of wreaths outside the Town Hall.
It was a lovely service and in particular a beautiful sermon from Colin Boswell but the wreath-laying was marred by a couple of BNP activists who came forward to lay a wreath adorned with the BNP logo. Several thoughts struck me.
First their actions are an affront to the memory of the thousands of Commonwealth soldiers who died to keep this country free.
Second, Remembrance Day isn't about party politics.
Third one of their activists was smirking as he went forward to lay the wreath. He was enjoying causing offence. No douby they hoped that someone would try to stop them. I was there today to remember those who have given their lives in the service of our country. They were there to make a political point. Doesn't that tell you everything you need to know about these people?