IT must be summer – the roses are blooming in our garden, I’m going to bed when it is still daylight, Asda have started stocking their winter clothes and I’m filling in school admin forms for September.
I wonder if there's anyone who would die in a ditch for Theresa May? I only ask because it seems pretty clear that even she wouldn't die in a ditch for her beliefs; primarily because she doesn't have any.
The central message of Peter Robinson’s speech at Queen’s University Belfast last week, delivered to the present DUP leadership sitting directly in front of him, is that the party needs to make a major tactical retreat on multiple fronts - chiefly on cultural and social issues that go right to its heart and soul.
It was extremely moving watching over 200 ladies who had once been incarcerated in the mother and baby homes, better known as Magdalene laundries, arriving at the Mansion House in Dublin for a reception.
A few weeks before the 2010 general election, when the UUP and Conservatives were fielding joint candidates as part of the UCUNF project (Google the term if it's new to you, it's far too convoluted to explain right now), a DUP candidate told me: "The UUP are going to do badly, Alex.