I've never really rated Roy Hattersley as a great thinker or communicator, though he always seemed to be in the more decent end of politics (alongside Jerry Hayes and Malcolm Bruce) during his time in Parliament. And I've always thought it strange that this confirmed left-winger should have a long-standing column in a very right-wing newspaper.
Today I read this, courtesy of Hattersley the grieving dog lover. It is quite superb. The new dog he claims to be seeking will be one lucky pet.