The silly season is upon us. This is when the great and the good leave from the “Metrolups” and head off on their hols and post in stories to their paper/media show from wherever they happen to be sunbathing with a bottle of Champers.
What else could account for the fact that there are at least four references to Cornwall in that top draw academic Sunday sheet, the Observer, (don’t knock it my daughter used to be a hack there!). Page 14. “March of Incinerators threatens recycling” with comments from Eunomia and Charmian Larke, local advisor to Cornwall Waste Forum. Page 16 big picture of Caroline Flint (Shadow Energy secretary) and Ed Milliband with Ms Flint wearing what appears to be a Cornish Tartan top. Page 19 article about how second homers have pushed house prices in Padstow out of local people’s reach. And finally (not silly at all) a piece about a commemorative album in memory of the singer from Fisherman’s Friends, Trevor Grills, who was killed in a recent accident.
There are probably lots more but I have only just started the bottle of Champers (Vin Blanc very ordinaire actually).
Mind you, the silly season extends to County Hall as well. I notice that Paul Masters (temporary CEO) has taken to using quotes. He should be a bit more careful about the source, because one of his favourites is “To govern is to decide”. Meaning the Council is in charge and the Public can go whistle. Unfortunately this quote comes from the master of riding roughshod over the will of the people, Napoleon Bonaparte, and we all know what happened to him!
I feel the need coming on to wear my hat sideways and stick my hand in my coat next time I see him – but that is just being silly.