An impetuous push for independence by the Catalans, coupled with a ham-fisted hardline response from the Spanish Government in Madrid has given the country its biggest constitutional crisis in the 42 years since the death of the dictator General Franco.
This week Parliament breaks up for the Summer recess and not a moment too soon! MPs from across the floor are tired and fractious and need to regenerate themselves before an Autumn session when difficult decisions will have to be made.
With Britain embarking on momentous changes in its trading and diplomatic relationships and with Labour consumed by a damaging ideological struggle, the last thing the country needs is another general election, soon.
I’m not really a believer in click campaigning, and certainly not if I’m being bulldozed into signing pledges for PR reasons by political opponents who are using scaremongering as an election platform tactic.