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A week is a long time in politics

Len Tingle | 15:07 UK time, Monday, 5 July 2010

Taking a "quiet week" off is almost impossible for political journalists just now.

After the election; the formation of the coalition Government and the emergency budget I persuaded myself that it was the right time for a few days in the sun.

I got back to Yorkshire a week of Cornish pasties and cream teas to find I'd missed the Prime Minister and the entire cabinet in Bradford; the Deputy Prime Minister in Sheffield and another round of threatened cuts in public spending.

Huddersfield's Harold Wilson coined the phrase "as week is a long time in politics".

But I think he had a better one for people wanting to take a break from the breathtaking pace of political events.

"I'm an optimist. But I'm an optimist who takes my raincoat."

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