Last week, Parliament rose for the summer. This meant that politicians have been set free to concentrate on the goings-on in their constituencies, to spend a bit more time with their families and escape from the Westminster bubble. All of this is welcome – especially because it seems this couldn’t be more necessary for some.
Last year, I used this column to argue for NATO to undertake a new role, and to guarantee proportionate responses against military targets for any regime anywhere in the world that violated international norms, such as the use of chemical weapons.
A week ago, we were dealt the apparently shocking news that the leader of the Scottish National Party would like Scotland to be independent, and is willing to take advantage of any situation to make this happen.