Tony Blair brought yet more shame on himself this week. The former Labour leader attended the unveiling of a monument commemorating those who paid the ultimate price in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many widows, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters were shamefully not given the opportunity to attend.
The presence at the ceremony of the man responsible for so many lost lives brings into sharp relief the absence of great leadership in our political establishment. We in Britain are not alone. Voters in France and the Netherlands are itching to throw out their spineless leaders.
With just weeks to go before the first round of the French presidential election, National Front leader Marine Le Pen has extended her lead over her establishment rivals according to the latest polling. Centre-right candidate Francois Fillon is plummeting amid prosecution fears and Europhile ex-banker Emmanuel Macron continues to look flaky.
And our own politicians have had their own adventures in the continent this week as the SNP tried to win friends and influence in Spain. Their Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins went to Madrid vowing to remain neutral on the cause of Catalan independence as part of a charm offensive to win Spanish support for Scottish accession to the EU in the unlikely event that the Scottish nationalists secure independence. Fearful of giving the Catalans any hope of joining the EU, Spain is expected to block any Scottish attempt. Needless to say, Gethins was totally snubbed by the governing Popular Party.