This is far from the worst picture that has ever been taken of me.
If I remember correctly it was taken at the North Birmingham meeting of the British National Party earlier in the year where I had the pleasure of being the first speaker of the evening ahead of our Nick. I cannot remember what I was saying at the time but I do enjoy delivering speeches. Having spent the weekend leafleting I did not know until today when someone told me that I was on the National News section of the British National Party website. I remembered sending an e-mail to the website so had a sneaking suspicion that it might be about the racial incidents figures that I told you about earlier in the week. I was right! That is where I found the picture.
The Social Scrutiny Panel is generally very interesting. There are always items of interest on the agenda for any councillor who has a genuine wish to scrutinise the workings of the councils main day to day decision making body which is of course the Conservative controlled cabinet. Scrutiny meetings are non political affairs and I think it is fair to say that we all try our best to keep them that way. If we did not the proceedings would soon descend into chaos.
I had the privilege this week of speaking in front of a packed meeting of the Solihull Branch of the British National Party. The good people of Solihull are fortunate in having such a good group of people from which to draw their future representatives. This meeting was standing room only at the back but having said that I am certain that Andy Terry would always welcome more.
This weekend has seen a most welcome flurry of activism on the streets with more leaflets being delivered than ever before in one day in Nuneaton and Bedworth than immediately comes to mind. I have still only seen one non-BNP leaflet/poster in a window which gives me great pleasure. This weekend has been quite possibly the most positive of the campaign for comments from the public.