As predicted I had just packed my Villebrequin's (great brand in my mind), bucket and spade and good book and my Inbox was bombarded with CLG policy documents on planning and local government finance.
To most people this would trigger feelings of mild depression as the realisation hits that summer will be spent deliberating over how complicated Government might make its equalisation mechanism and whether the sequential test will be robust enough to prevent a migration to out of town development. I don't mind admitting I am actually pretty excited by the prospect. If I can't get excited about reforms as fundamental as this to our sector then I'm in the wrong job. The strong emphasis on a pro development agenda has certainly stirred up a bit of a hornet's nest which again has to be a good sign. Government wants people to engage with the planning system, and the media is a way of raising interest in the subject (ok, Planning is not the Daily Mail but you can only live in hope..).
From the parochial to the global the biggest threat to being interrupted wading through byzantine business rates policy over a Kelly's ice cream on the beach is the apocalyptic (or is it cataclysmic, not sure what Obama is now calling it - whichever is worse anyway) impact of the US defaulting on payments.
The view from Mark Meckler, one of the founders of the Tea Party movement who seem to be holding the balance of power on Capitol Hill, does not seem in particularly moveable. When asked whether there was a role for compromise his response was pretty robust - "We've been compromising for decades and that's why we're $14.3 trillion in debt now. We have compromised our way to the edge of fiscal disaster." Is this rhetoric politicians recklessly using their position to peddle a political ideology irrespective of the impact on the man on the street, or is this more of a political crisis than an economic one?
As always there are differing views but as we discussed in last week's blog the twin impacts of uncertainty and confidence can in themselves have a serious affect on the economy. At least the press team at Treasury won't be scratching their heads for increasingly nebulous explanations of poor economic performance.