Well, I was hoping to get the blog moving again soon, and I wanted to focus more on my personal journey as a peacemaker. But I didn't think I would have to do it with a confession that i had just lost it with the deputy leader of the BNP. I plead guilty to behaviour not befitting a peacemaker.
Victoria's Derbyshire's programme on Five Live was in Luton this morning talking about the subject of immigration. I was in the invited audience, and primed to speak at an appropriate moment in a very vigorous debate. The political guests were Phil Woolas (Labour's Immigration Minister), James Brokenshire (Conservative spokesperson on Home Affairs), Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Home Affairs), Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party MEP, and UKIP spokesperson on immigration) .... and Simon Darby, Deputy Chairman of the BNP.
You can hear the show on the Victoria Derbysire Show Webpage for the next month. Its all interesting as a reflection on how the good people of Luton feel about the subject, and the lack of inspiration offered by most of the parties. Very broadly most people here -- of whichever race or creed - feel there needs to be some limits.
I am going to be very honest here. I need to be as public in my confession as I can be because I was very public in my angry outburst. I may have been right in what I said, in its own context, but I missed what he was saying, and my manner in speaking was not appropriate to the role of peacemaking that I seek to walk in.