It's been slightly emotionally painful for me for a no of reasons. For a start I disagree with the move to back hybrid embryo research. I appreciate the motives behind it but I feel that in making moves and leaps in scientific and medical research we must keep to a strict code of ethics, or else we will end up in all sorts of dubious corners. Put basically, it boils down to human dignity.
For similar reasons I wanted to see the move to lower the abortion limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. This is also for the simple reason that if a child can survive birth at around that time, then in my view it is wrong to terminate it whilst still in the mothers' womb. Likewise I hear what the pro-choice lobby are saying, but if there is any vestige of reasonable hope to save a life, then that option must be taken. I don't take these views lightly and I am keenly aware of the emotive feelings, arguments, and pain on both sides.
Then there is the by-election in Nanwich and Crewe on Thursday. I have to say that whilst I hope that Tamsin Dunwoody wins and wins well, we have not had a brilliant campaign. The toffs incident was not just a miscalculation, it was a squib and a very silly move. Times have changed and in any case Labour has had it's fair share of toffs. The way to attack Cameron and his ilk is on their delivery, their record, and their publicity stunts.
And as for Alan Milburn, he had better think carefully, Labour is in no mood for a civil war, not least from the usual suspects, and in any case I don't think a change of leader is welcomed!