And so we made it back from Tunisia – but only after a gruelling thirteen hour journey comprising two coaches, a plane and an extended taxi ride.
For the first time in years I am filled with utter cantankerousness, so obtuse that I wish only skulk in a corner pouting until some kind soul proffers a return ticket.
And the environment provides only further fuel for the ire amidst the impending elections.
Nay, it is not the politicians who rankle so – the rise and rise of the previously risible Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg is so astounding as to prove irresistably smirk-worthy.
Rather, it is the issues on the agenda: in particular the issue of ‘Muslim schools’.
Since returning the BBC has been trailing its election coverage, one of which comprises the promise to touch upon three key issues: “prostitution, Muslim schools and MPs expenses”.
Pray why must the issue of Muslim schools be lumped with such otherwise scandalous issues?
In the grand scale of social and economic quandaries rife in this isle, would not the gender pay gap, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, child abuse and the freedom to practise one’s faith be of utmost significance?
Would it be possible to align Jewish or Catholic schools in the same breath as prostitution and political corruption and anticipate no rebuke?
Muslim schools are just that: schools in which young children can learn about their faith.
A pretty darn marvellous faith at that.
Far from ruminating on the potential threat this might cause and how England might address the ‘issue’, it would be refreshing for its status as an ‘issue’ to be obliterated once and for all.
Making it an issue on the election agenda only heightens the negativity imposed on the institutions.
Should faith schools be deemed problematic in Britain, then all faith schools should be on the agenda.
Discerning in a high-profile manner only enhances the discriminatory approach towards Islamic institutions and proves detrimental to inter-faith cohesion.
As the leading media institution during these politically heightened times the BBC should know better.
There are far greater bête noires scourging our society – politicians should look to those, rather than faith-based institutions for positive change.
On which note of despondence I leave you with a song that has been on perpetual loop on my player since Saturday, by that delicious Tunisian crooner, Saber Rebai: