On Monday I was on a virtual panel with the thinktank Policy Exchange, alongside the DUP leader Arlene Foster and the former MP Kirstene Hair, who is now chief adviser to the Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross.
It’s a shame the media has led on the Tudor-like intrigues in No 10 this week, rather than on the real news that affects the country: the slowing infection rate, the rising growth forecasts, and the prospects of a successful vaccine programme early next year.
At Tidworth’s Remembrance Day ceremony a year ago a thousand people filled the grass around the memorial. Today perhaps two dozen people, in small family groups, distanced themselves around the field. I had the honour of laying a wreath alongside the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor.
On Wednesday this week the Commons rejected a Labour motion calling for families on Universal Credit to be given supermarket vouchers during half term and school holidays, to reflect the free lunches their children receive during school time.