I’m democrat by inclination (that’s democrat with a small d). I don’t always agree but will usually go along the majority vote. It is the public’s fickleness that bothers me. A month ago everyone in the neighbourhood wanted a refugee in their spare bedroom, was already knitting little booties for the children. This week we want to shoot them on sight. Any talk of foreign adventures had become verboten – never again would Britain invade another country and put our servicemen in harms way. Yet twenty-four hours later 50% of my compatriots want boots on the ground in Syria, 68% if the UN gives us the thumbs up.