"Splash" is great!

Tom Daley diving - Some rights reserved by werdsmyth_2000ITV’s “Splash” is an excellent programme. It is very entertaining. It is very professionally produced. Gabby Logan and Vernon Kaye are very sure-footed presenters. Tom Daley does Plymouth proud every week.

I don’t quite understand the panning the series has come in for.

It was a very risky enterprise in the first place – on several levels. A live diving programme! Just all that water in close proximity with all that electrical equipment is a massive risk from day one!

So well done “Splash” team!

David Ward's apology

Well done David Ward MP for this apology, published on his website an hour ago:

January 26, 2013 4:50 PM
My criticisms of actions since 1948 in the Palestinian territories in the name of the State of Israel remain as strong as ever.

In my comments this week I was trying to make clear that everybody needs to learn the lessons of the Holocaust.

I never for a moment intended to criticise or offend the Jewish people as a whole, either as a race or as a people of faith, and apologise sincerely for the unintended offence which my words caused.

I recognise of course the deep sensitivities of these issues at all times, and particularly on occasions of commemoration such as this weekend.

I will continue to make criticisms of actions in Palestine in the strongest possible terms for as long as Israel continues to oppress the Palestinian people.

David Ward

Member of Parliament for Bradford East

I am very glad that this good, clear apology has come. It is a shame that it was not immediate and that the Islay hairdryer treatment had to come into play. There are two lessons for politicians here:

1. Don’t shoot yourself (and those many people who are sympathetic to your unscrambled views) in the foot by using a clumsy phrase (such as “the Jews”) on one of the most sensitive days of the year.

2. Such obvious misteps should receive an immediate fullsome apology, not one extracted by the Scottish Inquisition nearly two days later. As crisis managers say, you only get one chance to make a clear-up statement. Don’t miss that chance by issuing a mealy-mouthed “update”.

Watching Alan Titchmarsh…all in the cause of being a loving uncle

imageI do watch Loose women and Bargain Hunt most days. But it is with the sound turned down in the gym. It all seems quite good, until I actually heard Loose Women and it all sounded a bit daft, and actually listened to the blessed Tim Wonnacott alma mater of my own school, West Buckland, and he sounded like a retired colonel with a cucumber up his bum.

But in the last two days I have actually had to listen and watch a significant portion of the remarkable scion of civilisation that is called The Alan Titchmarsh Show. It is daytime television at its finest…..which isn’t very fine. Dear me. I could go on, but model Paula Hamilton showing her ripped fur coat today was enough….

Anyway, I hear you not crying “Why were you even passing a second of your day watching Titchmarsh dear Burbler-in-chief?”

Answer: My very beautiful and lovely neice, Layla Walter, has appeared on the show during the last two days. So I couldn’t miss her, even if it meant watching a load of other crud. Blimey she looked beautiful.

Obama's two records as he swears in

Barack Obama Is Sworn In As 44th President Of The United StatesI am just watching C-Span as Barack Obama swears in for his second term. He’ll be repeating the oath tomorrow, making him only the second US President to take the Presidential oath four times (if you remember, Obama took the oath twice in 2009 due to a bit of Chief Justice flubbing).

Add to this the fact that the final 2012 election vote count shows he had over 51.06 percent to Romney’s 47.21 percent. That makes Obama the first President since Eisenhower in 1956 to get more than 51% of the vote. Obama is now one of only four US Presidents who have won over 50% of the vote twice, the others being Eisenhower, Reagan and F.D.Roosevelt.