It has been sometime since the last message was posted. Apologies – it has been a hectic summer. And, as always in the UK, nothing much happens in the summer. We call it the silly season for good reasons. The newspapers are full of stories that would never be covered at any other time – falsified sightings of sharks in the Bristol Channel, for example.
But more recently, we have also seen British politics at its very worst. The absurd guessing game – will there be an election this autumn – merely emphasises the informal, idiosyncratic and, one might even argue, undemocratic nature of our ‘democracy’. But the full return to ‘punch and judy’ debating styles in the House of Commons just tops it off. If we thought (and there seemed to be signs of this in the early days) that Brown would be different, the prosepct seems to be slipping away fast.