Writing at the end of a week rather than at the start, makes a change.
Quiet week. Was very tired early on in the week, despite quite a lazy weekend
last time around. Tentative plan for tomorrow is to go over to Southampton to
see The Pink Panther at 11am - we'll see whether Alice wants to come over
Jacqueline has just opened an ISA account with the Portman, and in doing so
took her passport as id, whereupon the nice lady at Portman pointed out that it
had expired! Not good news, with our holiday looming! So she scurried off to the
Post Office and got all the forms, so hopefully it will all be sorted. In
reality, there's ample time before we go on holiday so unless something goes
very seriously wrong..... But it is a godsend that she went to open this account
because otherwise we'd probably have found out on the way to the ferry!
It has started feeling summery this week for the first time. We had a maximim
temperature of over 24 degrees yesterday. Strange, the highest daily temperature
seems to be occurring at 4:30 - 5pm, I'd have thought it would be earlier...
On to news, yesterday was local election day, and Tony suffered heavy losses
as predicted. We didn't have an election, not that it would have made any
difference because our names have now dropped off the register due to years of
ignoring their forms. Still, on the plus side it means no-one will ask me
to do Jury Service.
Anyway, as a result of the elections Bliar hashad an instant reshuffle, firing Charles Clarke (Home Secretary)
who has really suffered in the headlines over the last few weeks.
Purely and simply seems to be incompetence - not acting when made aware of
issues, etc., not that I feel in any way sorry for him since he proved his illiberal
credentials by continuing Blunkett's nasty work. Certainly Clarke was pushed. Straw
(Foreign Secretary) has gone too, although I can't help feeling that he
must have decided to jump - he keeps his nose clean and is fiercely loyal to
Bliar, both of which would I have thought guarantee him his job given the quality
of the people waiting in the wings. So now the Home Secretary is John Reid and
the Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, both of whom come across as completely lightweight.
Beckett has hashed about in Defra and if I'm not mistaken I think
I read somewhere (could have been Galloway's autobiog) that Reid started out in life as a
Communist Party apparachnik. But I could be wrong...
Can't help thinking that it has taken Bliar only nine
years to run out of talent, took the Tories nineteen years. But then if I'd have
been elected as a Labour MP in '97 and found myself having to toe the line on
tuition fees, foundation hospitals and schools, Iraq, not to mention all the
illiberal bumbling which did for Blunkett and has now done for Clarke, I think
it must have been so demoralising..... I think the good people would have made alternate plans,
leaving of course the politicoes behind.