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Tuesday, July 31, 2007


It is the time of year when the media have a lot of space to fill and very little real news to put in it, so they write about politicians and their holidays instead. Lembit Öpik sums up the phenomenon in this piece in the Guardian:

Not to be outdone, Lib Dem leader Menzies Campbell is taking his traditional holiday on the Hebridean island of Tiree, while Lembit Öpik plans to take a camper van around Wales. Like most MPs, he'll be hard at work in his constituency. "It's journalists who go on two-month holidays because they have nothing to do when we're not spoon-feeding them stories from Westminster," says "Öpik.

Mind you, he has an incentive to holiday at home. According to Digital Spy, both of the Cheeky Girls have moved in with him in his constituency cottage.

The trend is to holiday modestly, preferably in the UK, so as to counter the lavishness so prevalent under Tony Blair. Thus Gordon Brown is going to the south coast followed by a brief sojourn in Kirkaldy and David Cameron will be taking a ferry to Brittany. Just for the record, I will be taking a ferry to Ireland for a week and, no, I will not be blogging whilst I am there.

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