Late at night, and just catching up with today's papers. We've been out with friends to an 'much extended' lunch in England today (well, only just - at the Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry) to celebrate St George's Day. This may seem an odd activity for a Welshman, but the idea was that we would establish a 'Welsh' table as a gesture to the development of future 'international' relations in the event of all this separation talk getting out of hand. Its all very light hearted of course but it wouldn't have happened before devolution. The Venerable John Hall made a speech is praise of an England that is lost. Very entertaining, but more an attack on political correctness, which could just as easily be applied to Wales. Anyway, I felt comfortable toasting the spirit of St George at the end of it.
A devastating critique of Gordon Brown's trip to the US by Mathew d'Ancona in the Telegraph. He seems as amazed as everyone else by how Gordon Brown's authority has totally evaporated. A similar almost casual dismissal of our Prime Minister by William Rees-Mogg in the Mail. And perhaps, worst of all some supporting words from Peter Hitchens. Can it get any worse. Well yes it can. I've also just read an essay by Ian Gibson, Labour MP for Norwich. I only know Ian Gibson as a fine centre-back in Westminster's Parliamentary soccer team, and he does carry the sobriquet 'usual suspect' - but he usually speaks for a lot of other leftish Labour MPs. It really does look as if Gordon Brown is finished. I've been out canvassing in Montgomeryshire over the last few days, and the anti-Labour vote is everywhere, and vitriolic with it. The seeming normality and acceptance of Brown's failure to match up to the job makes today's newspapers very bad news for the Prime Minister. I think we could be entering the sort of volatile political territory that we have not seen since the early 90's. Its all becoming very interesting.