Driving back from a recent Council of Europe meeting in Strasburg, I came face to face with the everyday chaos at Calais. Queuing onto the motorway was a long line of stationary lorries surrounded by asylum seekers.
I will readily admit the Conservative election victory surprised me as much as the pundits. However, I can assure people that scare stories about a Conservative government slashing the public sector and selling off the NHS were totally untrue.
A new book by Welsh journalist Gareth Evans on the history of education post-devolution, A Class Apart, may not be at the top of the best seller list. But parents, teachers and politicians in Wales could do worse than spend a few hours reading it.
The state of the NHS in Wales has become a national issue following an exposé by the Daily Mail. Those in charge are not only giving a poorer service than their English counterparts but seem to question the right of anyone to draw attention to their failings.
The fighting between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza shows no signs of abating. I equally condemn the rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel and the response which has led to many innocent Palestinian deaths.
It would be wrong to blame the police for the worrying number of Islamic extremists in Cardiff as highlighted in the national press. The question is who is to blame for allowing an atmosphere in which religious fascism spouted by extremists can thrive?
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