I took my four year old to a party on Saturday and fell in to conversation with an aunt of the four year old host.
It turned out that she was an Iraqi, and she very proudly showed me the traces of ink that remained on her finger as she had voted in the elections from London. She was proud and as pleased as punch.
She, her mother and her father had watched the public sticking it to Tony Blair on the Channel Five daytime talk show "The Wright Stuff", and her father had remarked after one aggressive question that if it had been asked at home under the last regime, the asked and her family would have been dead by the next dawn.
I am generally very cynical about politics in the UK, and would previous have dismissed the Prime Minister's appearance as a stunt, but this makes me feel rather humble.