Our Prime Minister came in for a fair amount of criticism when confronted in a media interview with the story of Elsie a pensioner who was forced to travel the buses to stay warm given she could not afford to have the heating on at home. Instead of showing some understanding and compassion he managed to talk about an extension to the Freedom Pass he had introduced as mayor which made such journeys easier!
So the Prime Minister is off to Belfast next week for discussions with political parties on the future of the Protocol. Our Foreign Secretary Liz Truss makes ever more threatening noises about reneging on all or part of the agreement that was signed only a couple of years ago
A lot of the noise could well be negotiating strategy but as the situation unfurls in the days ahead it is worth remembering a few salient facts
Are we the only ones disappointed by the Queens speech which outlined the governments plans for the coming year. In all 38 bills are proposed many tinkering around the edges but no clar strategy to take the country forward.
There are things to welcome such as outlawing no fault evictions something first promised by the Conservatives in 2017 but the speech was more notable for what it didnt include such as any further help for those struggling with the price explosion ( it became real today as we had our first electricity bill after the recent price increase which was eye watering!), no promised employment bill which had planned to allow waiting staff to retain tips as an example and nothing about improving home insulation something which would have a real impact on what we spend on energy.
In recent months we have banged on a lot about the decline of standards in political life as the Conservatives appear to have thrown away their moral compass led by a Prime Minister who thinks nothing about breaking the law and lying to parliament.
Whilst a few Tories argue that this is all part of the daily cut and thrust of modern politics and that an insincere apology is enough to wipe the slate clean we have been concerned that these actions undermine our democracy and tars all politicians with the same brush.
How often do you hear " they are all the same - in it for themselves"