Yesterday I was invited to be a guest at a bridge club I've never attended before. It is a ladies club and as many of you will surmise, the age group isn't youthful. Many at these clubs are highly educated women who have had much experience of the world and life.
During the beverage and melt-in-the-mouth shortbread break, I heard one conversation turn to last Thursday's Question Time.
Tuning in to the conversation I heard one group of seven women talking avidly about how they considered Nick Griffin had come out best and I realised they were talking about Question Time last Thursday.
Not one to miss an opportunity (unless I'm feeling shy), I asked the chairwoman if she would mind if I asked a question to the room and when I explained my reasons, she was kind enough to say yes.
I asked the room "Did the programme expose the weaknesses of the BNP arguments and policies?"
In a room of 23 (plus me) of mature women not one said yes. The major comment was about the behaviour of the other panelists who seemed hell bent on doing their (pathetic) best to decry the man. I know where I live many people vote Tory but also many vote SNP more and more and I have Pete Wishart to represent me in Westminster.
In fact, at the end of the afternoon, so many women I would never have thought had so much interest in politics, said Nick Griffin, aside from Dimbleby, was the only person on the panel not to be abusive.
I know, a small ladies bridge club (and believe me not all vote tory!), to be so verbose about a political TV programme may sound unusual, but I wonder how many small groups around the UK think the same.
None supported the extreme policies of Nick Griffin's BNP but they did have major concerns about how the 'main stream' parties are dealing with various issues which are well documented elsewhere, although my link is just one example.
That was my afternoon, I do hope yours was enjoyable. In case you're interested I was playing with a Scottish Master and I didn't play (bid for those of you who play bridge) too well. I know my partner and she was, like most good bridge players, diplomatic in saying she'd also made mistakes.
Oh how I wish more of society was so tactful, but we seem to have lost the ability to acknowledge others play so much of a part of our lives, often without our awareness.