Admiration and revulsion
Admiration for the ideals of the Community of the Many Names of God. They kept their vows and celebrated the sanctity and divine nature of all life without violent resistance even when confronted with an act of desecration.
Loss of confidence in the universal mass slaughter of healthy animals and fresh interest in treatments used in other countries.
Revulsion against the almighty power of the farming lobby abetted by Governments that place commercial interests above compassion and animal welfare.
Strengthening of the rejection of the unscientific demand to cull badgers as another act of futile slaughter.
Deepening of community divides caused by a lack of respect for deeply held beliefs.
Disappointment with inflexible subservient politicians who failed to find an an exceptional solution to an exceptional situation.
The underlying brutality of leading a beautiful animal with an unproven disease to slaughter has churned up the deep emotions of millions of people worldwide.
The stinging hypocrisy of police urging people to abandon their protection of Shambo to avoid 'alarming' him and the farmers unions' crocodile tears that slaughter would be kinder than living in a temple.
Alternative Post Mortem refused
Will the true state of Shambo's health be concealed ?
Here's a comment I had
"I have received a telephone call from one of the Benefactors who has supported the Skanda Vale Monks - he agreed to foot the bill for an independant post mortem to be carried out alongside the WAG post mortem. The Skanda Vale lawyers have advised him that
this has been declined by the Welsh assembly although they have said that the vet can observe....
Are these people now a law unto themselves??? Can this be right? The truth MUST come out. I doubt that the WAG will concede that Shambo was free of bTB - we are putting our money on "inconclusive" being their way out of this.
Surely this merits getting out to the Press? Do the people of Wales not consider that if the WAG are prepared to go so far in this issue that they may well close ranks on other issues in the future which might impact more on the lives of the people in general, more so than what I consider to have been the unlawful killing of a temple bull.
This morning I was told the result of the re-selection of the parliamentary candidate for Newport West Labour Party.
For many year now, the party has rightly insisted that all sitting MPs are subjected to a vote to ensure that they enjoy the confidence of the party to continue. If half of the constituency branches vote for a re-selection process, then other candidates are invited to challenge the MPs for the seat.
It was immensely gratifying to hear that all the nominations received have been for the sitting MP. This is perhaps a little surprising because I have not always taken the populist route. To keep my feet on the ground, I recall the many very bad politicians in the past who have also enjoyed 100% support.
Now for a summer of serious campaigning.
Torture by boredom
Parliament went slightly mad yesterday - something to do with pre-recess tension.
I rushed into the chamber at 4.00 o'clock to make a brief speech to defend Newport against criticism as the home of the Office of National Statistics. I was joined by fellow Newport MP Jessica Morden.
She had a petition to present. The slot for that is at the end of normal business. We both thought it wise that she should stay in the Chamber and missed a five o'clock meeting. The danger was that business could collapsed when she may have been outside the Chamber and missed her slot.
It did not collapse. It went on, and on and on. I checked on when Jessica was called to make her plea to keep Income Tax jobs in Newport. It was 10.47.
I hope she is now recovering for this feat of endurance in coping with so many hours of concentrated boredom.