Hundreds of activists, concerned citizens and media rubbed shoulders within the entrance area of the Grove specifically allocated by Watford authorities to house them. News that David Cameron was to arrive that afternoon was the hot topic of the day and whilst unexpected, the reactions drew major eyerolls, suspicion, scorn and downright anger.
There are between 65,000 and 300,000 transgender people in the UK, and everyone, including politicians, need to challenge the unthinking attitudes that often pervade about transgender people, and that begins by at least talking about them. In a small way, this could move the debate forward, put it on the political landscape and reframe the debate into something more positive.
The House of Lords debated the government bill on gay marriage and came out with an overwhelming majority. Brilliant. Well done men in robes and we all go home? Not quite. As I listened to Lord Dear spew out his old-fashioned views on what marriage is. I thought to myself... why is this person having any say on and a potential threat to legislation? My annoyance with Lord Dear's statements is that they represent an archaic notion of the sanctity of marriage that is delusional at best and at worst misleading and fuel for the fire of homophobic rhetoric.
The government, in the shape of the Business Minister Michael Fallon has confirmed that the banks Goldman Sachs and RBS will handle the upcoming Royal Mail privatisation. For this they will receive tens of millions of pounds. Exactly how much we do not know. In fact according to the Minister, they are practically cutting their own throats to do this.
IF you go down to the Grove today you're in for a big surprise... It's day one of Bilderberg. For the diehards - it's THE day to go to snatch the chance to witness a passing delegate zipping through the gates in a blackened Mercedes up to their weekend lair. Could it be Kissinger? Or did those mysterious silhouetted jowls belong to LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman?
It is a sign of political degradation when a former national leader cannot write a piece in a Sunday newspaper, about an issue with which he is intimately involved, without attracting a huge amount of venom, by people who have either not even read the article in question, and just attack Blair for being Blair.
The Children and Families Bill reaches its report stage in Parliament next week. And with it comes the rare opportunity to make a real and lasting difference for young people in care in England, who too often find themselves having to live alone and with very little support by the time they reach 18.