The Commons and Lords are in recess, the Prime Minister is walking the dog at Chequers, so I’m on holiday. The Parliamentary calendar only impacts the diary of a political journalist tangentially but I’ve always downed tools in August. In large part for fear of slow news days stretching to the crack of doom and the dreadful prospect of having to drive to somewhere like Guildford to record an interview with an MP who I would normally cross Parliament Street to avoid. (No offence to any current or past members for Guildford intended or to the city itself.)
In The Race Meeting, Sir John Everett Millais presents a poignant story of an undisciplined crowd at the Epsom Derby.