My own very deep concern about recent events, and my election result as well, is the massive increase in support for the BNP.
It is the kind of support which is alarming. Whilst very many young people are utterly apathetic about politics the BNP is full of committed and articulate twenty-somethings - fairly recent school-leavers.
My own attempts to enlighten the young man standing in Broxbourne (848 votes) resulted in a heated attack on me as a hypocrite who did not bring my children up in London and did not know what it was like.
He meant, surely, that those living in deprived areas lose all their confidence in the system we now have and it is easier for him to blame his neighbours than to see the need to tackle poverty and improve public services.
I wonder myself what festering anger inclusion is leading to in schools when some of our brightest children are just not fulfilling their potential because of the problems created in the class-room by all those pupils with behavioural difficulties - children from every race and background as we know.
The BNP members claim to belong to the party of the future - quite honestly if young people continue to be generally apathetic about mainstream politics - they could be horribly right.
The most ironic (to me) comment that I heard was from a BNP candidate fighting in Hertfordshire County Election who came up to me smiling and said very seriously, 'You really scare me.' He meant it - I had spoken about our policies on asylum and the BNP followers were so frighteningly convinced that they are right that they are almost in a situation of attack in order to defend themselves.
For all kinds of reasons - I do wish that teachers were better informed about the political situation.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Broxbourne