The Week in Politics: The non-stop prime minister
The ubiquitous David Cameron and the need to slow down.
By Ian Dunt Follow @IanDunt
Even when parliament is in recess, the prime minister is seemingly everywhere at once. In fact, he becomes even more ubiquitous during the holidays, as if Downing Street's grid planners see an opening and fire him all over it.
Every day of the half-term, David Cameron was all over the news. One day he intervened on binge drinking, the next he was making a speech in Scotland on independence. By the end of the week he was in Paris, burying the hatchet with president Nicolas Sarkozy in the most unconvincing manner imaginable. To be fair, Cameron wasn't too bad, but the Frenchman's pale-faced hatred while mouthing words of love left little to the imagination.
Meanwhile, Baroness Warsi was conducting high-level negotiations at the Vatican, plotting with the Pope how to eradicate 'militant secularism' in Britain. At home, most of the new atheists fumed, and Richard Dawkins became so irritated he forgot the title to his favourite book, but it was to no avail: the Tory deputy chairman still had a job when she came back. No-one quite knows what that job is exactly, but it certainly exists.
The Falklands continued to be the comeback king of the news agenda, with another baffling week in which it popped up literally everyday. Things were helped by Sean Penn, Hollywood actor and ambassador-at-large for Haiti. Yeah, you read that last part right. According to Penn, Britain is a 'colonial power' in decline hadda hadda hadda etc etc etc. All good fun as long as you didn't take it too seriously. Like a war.