Councillors in Stony Stratford will tonight be voting on the proposal to ban smoking in all public places in the town. The country will be watching as Stony could become the first town in the UK to do so which could well prompt other councils to follow suit.
I always knew that there was something odd about Ed Miliband - it wasn't his voice, his clothes, or even his opinions. It was something indefinable. And now I know what it is, he turned down an invitation to appear on Test Match Special. It is the pinnacle of any English politician's life. And to my inner schoolboy's joy I was lucky enough to get an invitation a few weeks ago. The week before was the normal run of a politicians' life: meetings, more meetings, the odd TV and radio slot, and a few interviews for the local papers. However, as the big day approached, this was eclipsed by my fixation on the long range weather forecast. And it wasn't looking good. Hampshire, it told me, would be wet. I twittered my sarcastic frustration over our flaming June.