EVERY morning I work out on my cross-trainer and rowing machine. When you are 58 and the years come and go with increasing speed, trying to keep fit is important. I love ski-ing and if you are not fit you can't do it or risk serious injury, so that's my incentive each morning.
While exercising I listen to the Today Programme during the week, Sounds of the Sixties on Saturday and then Sunday Worship 24 hours later.
This morning the service was from Blackburn Cathedral and I was pleased to hear a prayer being said for those who face persecution. Tagged on the end of quite a lengthy list of recipients, was "those who face persecution for their political beliefs."
Now that has to be the members of the British National Party, because no one else in Britain faces persecution for their political beliefs.
At last, after having our elected representatives attacked by a mob and our members persecuted in the workplace, the Christian Church is acknowledging that such actions are wrong and has offered a prayer on our behalf.
Sunday is a time for reflection and seven days ago I felt very different to how I feel today.
Last Sunday there was a ball of fear in the pit of my stomach. I felt like a boxer who has just given their all over 15 rounds and now sits on the stool in his corner waiting for the referee's verdict.
My heart felt we had done enough for a narrow victory, but my head said that our County council returns might not be quite good enough to secure a seat, especially in the North West.
The fear in my stomach was about what might happen afterwards. As a veteran Nationalist I know what comes after election results that don't meet expectations. It's something much worse than anything our opponents can throw at us.
That ball of fear was with me until the announcement that Andrew Brons had won in Yorkshire. Then it disappeared in an instant, and then Nick's election ensured that we could rightly claim our victory.
The glow of victory makes it easy to pay tribute to your opponents and I shall do so now.
When I talk of opponents, I don't mean the moronic UAF who tried to jump on the publicity bandwagon once the hard work was all over, just in an attempt to boost the membership of the Socialist Workers Party which runs it.
No I'm talking about our old 'friends' Gerry, Sonia and Nick from Searchlight who fought to us toe to toe for the full 15 rounds and were only beaten by the narrowest of margins.
In the intro to Joey Smith's Victory Song it says that the BNP victory was achieved:
" . . .despite the biggest media hate campaign ever witnessed in Britain".
Well, that hate campaign was down to Searchlight. Nick Lowles admits this in his Hate Not Hope blog.
It must have taken some doing to keep this campaign going for a full three weeks and although the expenses scandal no doubt helped because it made editors more susceptible to anti-BNP stories because of the hammering the three mainstream parties were receiving, it is still a feat worth acknowledging.
I see that Searchlight is now to start an investigation into why one million people voted for the British National Party.
Always willing to help a worthy opponent I would like to offer my contribution.
As an over-50 I would suggest that many people of my age group support the BNP because they feel uncomfortable with the demographic changes that have taken place in this country - they just prefer the way things were before large scale immigration.
I have just seen Andrew and the Good Reverend on the BBC's Big Question and they did very well indeed. Hostility from all quarters but they met it with sensible and polite answers which must have won the support of many uncommitted viewers.