The most damning verdict of the year on Theresa May’s government came in Alan Milburn’s resignation letter when standing down as head of the Social Mobility Commission because there was “zero chance” of it succeeding.
As you read this there will only be 32 shopping days left until Christmas, and the build-up will really get into gear from this weekend locally when the first of our three main local towns switch on their festive lighting displays.
It barely seems possible that Nick Dunn, former Ashington soldier and one of my Wansbeck constituents, is facing his fifth Christmas in the notorious Chennai prison in India for a so-called crime he did not commit.
The annual party conference season is over – can I hear a few audible groans of relief? – and when MPs got back down to work at the House of Commons this week there was inevitably a lot of talk about what went on in the conference halls at Brighton and Manchester.