Budget week - out comes the little red case - really tatty, old and scratched when the television cameras get up close on number eleven's steps on Budget Morning ( still probably valued at thousands on Antiques Road Show). How times have changed. I know this year has been an exceptional year (apart from the fact that they are extending the Furlough scheme I really didn't understand a word) but I thought back to the old days. I remember my father listening seriously from start to finish - twopence on a pint of beer, a penny on a packet of cigarettes, petrol going up - and then a 'sop' as my father would call it when they took two twopence off income tax.
And I thought of all those Cabinet Ministers in their offices in the Houses of Parliament, concentrating on their own little area of 'importance' - housing, health, employment and the like - working away (one hopes) with their so called 'underlings' and being expected to know everything about their 'area' of responsibility and then suddenly the P M has a big cabinet reshuffle and in the flash of an eye expected know know everything there is to know about a completely different area of expertise. At least Rishi Sunak (who is a very nice chap and also happens to be my MP) was in Finance . before he became an MP. What brought on my thinking - a combination of the Budget and watching an old episode of 'Yes Minister' (they don't make 'em like that any more do they?)
Any other thoughts to share with you today? Well the weather was still chilly and dull but reasonable enough to walk round the block with Priscilla and stop and have a chat with M my neighbour for a while - any chat with a friend breaks the day up nicely. I got back just in time to answer the phone to a member of the Falls Team who told me that she will come at two tomorrow afternoon and walk round the block with me to assess how well (or otherwise) I am walking. I was relieved she wasn't intending to come this afternoon as once round the block is as much as I can manage in one day.
See you tomorrow....