The three-minute silence for victims of the Asia tsunami is "the worst kind of gesture politics", according to the Conservative Party vice-chairman.
Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet in Kent, said the UK public did not need a "state-imposed" silence to express their feelings.
His comments came on the day a missing family from his constituency were found to be safe and well in Indonesia.
It needed saying - but of course Mr Howard is too frit to endorse anything as robust as this..
And the family found safe - poor bloody kids - especially the one named Zurubbabel, aged nine.