I have now arrived at the rather luxurious Quay Hotel in Deganwy, just outside Llandudno. On my way up here I experienced something which I found profoundly disturbing. As I turned off the M40 onto the M42, there, parked on a bridge above the motorway was one of those advertising vans - you know, the ones with sloped sides carrying posters on each side. And there, resplendent on the van was a huge BNP poster. OK, nothing wrong with that, they are a legitimate political party. Why shouldn't they hire a van to display election posters?
The reason I found it disturbing was that on each side of the van was a semi-uniformed man, standing to attention in a military manner, holding a Flag of St George. To all intents and purposes they looked like para military guards on patrol, protecting Birmingham from the invading hordes. I wish I could have stopped to take a picture. It really was most bizarre.