The kindness of strangers has outshone the callousness of foes, says Andrew Burdett. Here he rounds up the actions of community-minded, everyday heroes.
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The UK needs a strong government and equally strong opposition in place to take the country forward in these unprecedented times.
These last 24 hours have been butcherous, thrilling, and entirely unpredictable — the complete opposite of how things felt this time yesterday. What a difference a day makes.
We’ve all known (although inside the bubble no one’s dared admit it) that this election will conclude inconclusively. By the time the sun comes up tomorrow, we really will be nonethewiser as to who the Prime Minister will be.
A part of me can’t help but feel disappointed at that Clarkson’s departure: it obviously spells the end for Top Gear in its current guise. But I fully understand why Lord Hall made the decision he did. Really, he had no choice.
One is a female, 21-year-old Cambridge University student. The other is a 55-year-old man, convicted of murder and with a history of drug crime. It would, perhaps, be reasonable to assume that they have little in common – but for a letter, sent by the Long Lartin inmate at the end of last month, after a reading that the student gave during the televised Carols from King’s service “touched [his] heart”.
For those facing Christmas this year, for the first time, with their usual traditions shattered, I feel that they too deserve thoughts and prayers.
Every passionate politician, every outspoken opponent, every fervent voice; today, their power and influence was reduced to a single leaden cross.