RECESS doesn’t last as long as you might think. I’ve had a few weeks of pottering about – not quite on holiday, because I’ve been the “duty minister” for the DfT most of the time, but not quite working full time either. I’ve been in and out of the constituency office when things needed done, and I’ve been dealing with two red boxes a week. And the Family Harris “official” vacation is still to come.
But tomorrow is September, and the “silly season” is pretty much over, I suspect. As usual, I’ve only just applied for my conference credentials – about two months later than I should have – and I was so late applying for accommodation that I now have no option but to pay through the nose for a room at the conference hotel in Manchester.
So now we’re in the run-up to the conference season, more and more MPs are returning from their holidays, the schools in Scotland returned a fortnight ago with the rest of the country to follow suit next week. I wouldn’t mind so much about the end of summer, if we had actually had a summer. We’ve barely had a single hot day this year, and it’s nearly autumn!
Milestones to “look forward” to: Labour conference starts on September 20, with the Tories a week later. Parliament returns on Monday 6 October, the US elections a month later, and the official opening of parliament by the Queen in the first week in December. Then, of course, there’s the Glenrothes by-election, though I’ve no idea where that will fit into the calendar.
Fasten those seatbelts.