Regular readers will have noticed that I have been rather quiet lately – nothing since the end of June. It’s not as if there’s nothing to write about – politics has become interesting again, nationally, with Red Ed deciding that what Britain needs is some good old-fashioned socialism. Sounds like a core vote strategy to me: – I am going to put a bet on a Conservative led government after 2015, and that’s despite the fact we are behind in the opinion polls and need to lead by 5% on the current skewed boundaries just to get a majority of 1. Ed is rattled and knows he ought to be 10 points ahead by now.
I have had a busy summer: work has been making more than its usual demands, and I managed to fit in two holidays. Firstly, a week walking with the boys along St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose Abbey to Holy Island and then 10 days in Italy with my family. Two observations: because Henry VIII did not rule in Scotland their ruined abbeys are in a better condition than ours. I would recommend anyone to visit Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso; they all stand comparison with Rievaulx and Fountains which are England’s finest. There also didn’t need to be much appetite for independence near the Border.