It's been a bit quiet here of late. I've had a fair amount of council work to deal with and I'm in the middle of the busy flying season, although today's weather doesn't look too hopeful for the Durham Miners' annual march, a marriage proposal at Bagshot and a 'Congratulations' banner over Brighton Marina.
Meantime, I've been spending rather alot of time either in the SIM or flying practise instrument procedures in preparation for my up and coming flight tests at Cranfield. Below, for the technically-oriented, I've embedded a quick clip of the Citation jet simulator I was sitting in the other day, as it warmed up and positioned itself on the runway at Cranfield. Sort of Microsoft Flight Simulator X 'on acid'!
Earlier in the week, I was at a meeting of cabinet members of local councils from around Kent at Canterbury. Once again, the message was made very clear to us all in a presentation. Central Government is now short of at best £50 billion and more likely £90 billion. The levels of cost savings required of local government in the next two years are quite "unprecedented" in modern times and while the Chancellor, Mr Darling stubbornly refuses to announce the true figures in advance of any General Election, the public remain quite unprepared for the true impact of the recession that now surrounds us.
There's very little doubt that we will see a new Government take the reins of power in the next twelve months or so but any incoming administration will be left to deal with with the consequences of a scorched-earth policy by New Labour; a dangerously wobbling, near bankrupt economy and a fragile dysfunctional society over dependent on State benefits.
At least it isn't raining!