As a secular agnostic, I must ask what the National Secular Society is doing by backing this atheist chap who claims to have been terribly upset by the recitation of prayers at the start of local council meetings in Bideford in Devon. I used to sit in the public gallery at Barnet Council meetings (it was a simpler era, in which we made our own entertainment) and full meetings of the council always started with a prayer, led by that year's mayor's chaplain - be that year's mayor's chaplain a rabbi, a vicar or possibly a Greek Orthodox priest. It was all over in about a minute and I simply stood, bowed my head, closed my eyes and muttered "Amen" at the end. I refuse to accept that such an act of worship could in any way be offensive to anyone. I'm sorry, but I think that this case is a ridiculous waste of time and I hope that it is over-turned on appeal. It is surely very sixth-form to say "I'm completely secular, so it is an abuse of my human rights if I am at a meeting that begins with a one-minute mumbled prayer - you're forcing me to take part in religion!"
And I heard on the wireless that my neighbouring London Borough of Enfield is proposing to ban spitting in the street. Quite right too. I'm not being sarcastic. I hate seeing people spitting in the street. Unless someone really is ill and cannot help it, then it is wrong to spit in the street. Where this issue can become edgy is that, while spitting is taboo among some groups of people, it is arguably less taboo among some other groups of people. And you could say that some of those latter groups genuinely don't realise (like noisy kids on buses) that other people might find their behaviour annoying.