Cold War nostalgia
Can't help noticing how the spat with Russia has triggered a Cold War nostalgia in the commentariat. On Sunday my colleague Andy Marr began to refer to the Soviet Union before hastily adding the word "former". Sky's normally flawless Adam Boulton seemed to herald a nuclear showdown before making it clear he meant a diplomatic one. Perhaps it's all thanks to the news that the new Bond book has James shaken not stirred by his clash with the Ruskies.
Of course, to anyone not approaching 40 the Cold War is a phrase that's almost meaningless except as history. It is very curious discovering that the events that shaped my political consciousness are devoid of meaning to so many.