Why is the Conservative Party making such a ludicrous song and dance about the possibility of Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare rejoining the Conservative Party?
Archer was expelled from the party for five years after being convicted of, and imprisoned for, perjury. That period has now expired and so he is absolutely within his rights in reapplying for membership. And yet, it seems, the Tory Party, is in a state of "panic" about this.
Pathetic! "Dave" Cameron, the favourite to win the party leadership, has wasted no time in saying that so far as he is concerned, Archer's political career is "over" and he will not be offered the Conservative whip in the House of Lords.
So much for a policy of rehabilitation for ex-prisoners. So much for the muchtrumpeted "compassionate" Conservative Party. So much for encouraging people who get into trouble - even into criminality - to fight their way back.
Wisely, David Davis, the other leadership contender, has made no comment, one way or another, on the Archer issue.
But even more extraordinary than Mr Cameron's hasty remarks is the way they have been hailed by his supporters. This was they said, a "Clause IV moment".
I have never heard such tripe in my life. They are likening a two-pence-halfpenny "decision" made prematurely by Cameron with Tony Blair's historic decision to tear up Clause IV of the Labour Party constitution - a passage cherished by generations of left-wingers guaranteeing workers' control over the means of production. There is absolutely no comparison between the two events and those Cameron supporters who claim there is are simply guilty of the kind of wild exaggeration of which they ( wrongly) accuse the media.
It would be refreshing if politicians could demonstrate a little more of the compassion they are always claiming towards those who fall by the wayside, even including Lord Archer of Westonsuper-Mare. Why should they try to blight his life forever?
The way the Prime Minister strides around and bounds up aircraft steps with the agility of a mountain goat suggests that he has not got a health care in the world.
But does Labour MP Frank Field, the former Welfare Minister, know something that we do not? Mr Field suggested over the weekend that Mr Blair's health would not survive a renewed bout of feuding with the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, over the pensions issue - the most painful long-term headache that the Government now has to endure.
"I have always thought," he said, "that one of the things that might tip the Prime Minister into going is that his body just cannot stand up to the pressure any longer." Downing Street would almost certainly denounce that as rubbish.
But we must not forget that the pressures on a Prime Minister are gargantuan and that Mr Blair has already been the subject of two heart scares.
When he was Welfare Minister, Mr Field was asked to "think the unthinkable". Now he is thinking the unthinkable about Mr Blair. There can be few things more disagreeable to the Prime Minister than to have his state of health questioned in public.
Especially when the suggestion comes from Frank Field, a politician who never knowingly overstated anything.
I am glad to see former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and the wartime "forces sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn have both criticised the actions of the charity Scope, formerly the Spastics Society.
They are closing 15 shops while planning to find a new boss on a #90,000 salary. Mr Duncan Smith said he was " incredibly saddened" by this news, while Dame Vera claimed that this once great charity was now being run more as a business. If there is one thing that will dissuade people from giving to charity it is the thought that their money is being spent on Armani suits for the super-rich rather than helping the needy.
* Jo Ind is on holiday