This is the most encouraging story of what has been a dreadful year for those who care about civil liberties. Let's hope it sets the tone for a splendid 2007. I wish all of you a happy, free and prosperous New Year.
To me, the interesting aspect of this story is that a left-wing German politician could say what would be politically-unthinkable in Britain, where "the most vulnerable members of society" are, in truth, those who work for a living - only to be taxed viciously to support the idle.
Dave Cameron may (finally) be on to something with his notion that the Conservatives should be seen as the party of the working man. Labour, after all, has positioned itself firmly as the party that passes the taxes paid by honest workers to the workshy and those in non-jobs.
I am off to enjoy Paris with my family. I can do no better than recommend you to Wat Tyler's post about the New Year's Honours List. Nothing could tell you more about our Government's warped view of the world.
Most of the world's tyrants die in their beds; their lives an encouragement to others to try their wicked path to wealth and power. Saddam Hussein did no good in his life. Perhaps, by the manner of his death, he may turn some would-be tyrant from his path? Let's hope so.
The Englishman has posted the "Tory Top Twelve" of heroes, commenting critically on the selections and inviting other nominations. What fun for Boxing Day! He has been kind enough not to tag his fellow-bloggers with it so, on a purely voluntary basis, why not wander over to the Castle and post your own top twelve list?