Well you can tell that fall, we call it autumn, is here in the UK. Apart from it being rainy and cold this morning, my train had been replaced with a bus for some of the twenty mile journey I make most Sundays. In the good old days when the railways were owned by the people, they used to do essential engineering work during the night, between Saturday and Sunday. Since privatization the travelling public are subjected to being herded on and off buses and can expect long delays. Why? Because containers full of consumables are hauled at night and they're far more important than passengers.
We have a new leader of our Labour party: Ed Miliband, who beat his brother David into second place thanks to the Union vote. Already portrayed by our right wing press as a lurch to the left, his election should at least put some water between Labour and the Conservatives; the Conservatives having also lurched to the left in order to finally regain power albeit in a ConDem Brokeback coalition. Miliband and I share a birthday although he seems to be a bit younger than I. It's worrying when potential Prime Ministers are younger than I am. I note that both Milibands emphasize their upbringing in Camden, a good cosmopolitan trendy lefty area of London. What they don't mention is that they grew up in a large house in the upmarket Primrose Hill. So champagne socialism is alive and well in "Red Ed" and his brother.
Sticking with politics I hear that the County Council where I live has decided to outsource everything that it does. That means they'll need no employees other than the managers, who will still be needed to negotiate contracts. Who came up with this idea of a virtual council? Those same managers I suspect; during a tea party.
Finally; this week it was announced that the threat of a terrorist attack on these shores has increased. Not only has the dastardly Al Q got designs on us, but also a bunch of radical Irish Republicans. This heightened threat comes just before the Brokeback coalition announces cuts in spending on public services. I therefore take this announcement to mean: we need our funding so that we can keep our noses in the trough. So let's make sure they think we're doing something worthwhile.