I should warn you that, in between reflecting on Spain, I am going to be having a few words to say about the Party Manifestos, hundreds of pages that I haven't had a chance to read yet, but have started and will finish.
At this minute , I am ploughing through them all, starting with Labour.
My first reaction is that all parties are trying to legislate too much, that they have equated good government with legislation. One response would be that they need to put everything they possibly can in their manifesto, as that protects them from an ambush from the House of Lords somewhere down the line (as I understand it, the Lords cant oppose plans in the ruling party's manifesto).
But honestly, the Labour manifesto is more than 80 pages, including quite a few pictures, and we do wonder who reads it and what it amounts to, and whether all this legislation is necessary to get to the goals they want. (I mean do we really want to guarantee that anyone gets a GP appointment in 48 hours.. i mean maybe some GP surgeries know that some people dont need that..)
And an awful lot of muddle creeps in.