On Saturday I was the guest speaker at the half-yearly meeting of North West Conservative Clubs. It was actually held over at the Dunscar Conservative Club in Bromley Cross which is in the Bolton North East constituency but even so it was only a short journey for me from Tottington. It is an excellent Conservative Club with great facilities and a very good sized car park. Despite the very heavy rain there was a good turnout with representatives coming from Conservative Clubs all over he North West. After a substantial buffet lunch I spoke for 20 minutes or so about the current political situation and then I answered questons which were many and varied. It is clear that people are becomingly increasingly worried about the state of the economy. A couple of years ago you would just have an occasional question on the economy on Saturday there were several questions about different aspects of the economy and the fears of a recession. I explained that for many people especially in the private sector who had not had a pay rise for two or three years and were now seeing price double-digit price increases in food and fuel for them it would seem like there was a recession now.