Collective Responsibility in EU referendum

Let me start today by making a prediction. When it comes to the referendum on our membership of the EU Government ministers who are usually bound by the principle of collective responsibility will be freed from that convention. It seems to me to be inconceivable that on a matter of such national importance to effectively gag Ministers from explaining their own views is unthinkable. One reason for having a referendum is that there are different views within the main political parties.

Yesterday, it was Nine Lessons and Carols at St.Annes’s Church in Tottington in the afternoon and I read the seventh lesson on the news of Christ’s birth been given by the Angels to the shepherds.

I watched the Sports Personality of the Year yesterday evening. A great reminder of just how many dedicated and talented sportsmen we have. I don’t vote in these things but my would have gone to Jessica Ennis-Hill personally. I think having already won Olympic gold to marry, and have a baby and then come back to win the World title again is a tremendous achievement. In the end she came third. It will be interesting to see if she can retain the Olympic title in Rio.

I was particularly pleased to see A.P. McCoy receive the lifetime achievement award. His has been a truly incredible achievement. Champion Jockey over the jumps for 20 years is truly an achievement worthy of such recognition.

Today, I am back in the office in Bury dealing with constituency cases before attending Bury Conservatives Christmas fundraiser this evening.

Last day of recess

I don’t know if other people suffer from the same problem I have but all my life I have always had the problem that during any holiday period when I have been at home I always reach the last day with lots more left to do than can be reasonably fitted in the time available. Nothing vital I guess but at the start of the Christmas recess I had a rough idea of what I would like to achieve during the recess and with Parliament reconvening tomorrow I still have several tasks I would have liked to have completed. Never mind. I have done most of the essential items and anyway trying to tidy my study is a bit like the job of painting the Forth Bridge.

I have been busy this weekend fitting in as much as I can. Mainly jobs around the house before my attention becomes fixed again on Parliamentary business. Yesterday morning we took CeeCee down to his dog training class. Because of the snow and the Christmas and New Year holidays it has been about a month since our last class but CeeCee performed about as well as could be expected ( although I have to admit he was a dismal failure at the fun test of trying to bring a sausage back that was thrown for him to retrieve. It was gone in a moment! ).

This morning I attended St. Anne’s church in Tottington where it was the Parade service. We had a good attendance particularly of the cubs, scouts, brownies and guides.
And so another calendar year gets underway.

Happy Easter

Sue and I have been out this morning walking with CeeCee. This afternoon we are attendin the special Good Friday service at St. Anne’s Church in Tottington.
CeeCee came back from his walk so muddy that we had to resort to spnging him down with several buckets of water. He is in his ‘den’ drying out at the moment.
I wish all readers a Happy Easter time.