I think it would be good to have a referendum every year. I can think of quite a few things that I’d like to vote on and, going by some of the peculiar decisions various governments have made, I reckon that British citizens could make at least as good a job of it as Parliament would.
The high school governors’ meeting is on Monday and there will be a final decision, as far as we’re concerned, about becoming an academy. We do not yet know whether the application will be accepted. I’ve arranged for a secret ballot because I think that’s appropriate; however the vote goes, it’ll be a joint decision and we’ll all continue to work together. Besides, once it was agreed (in another place) that the vote should be on a show of hands and several people voted one way or another because of who was watching, and it ended up with the chairman’s casting vote. I was chairman. It gives no good feeling of power, I can tell you. It was extremely difficult, under the particular circumstances.
I took most of the afternoon off. I could have found work to do, of course, but I didn’t – it was a beautiful day and it was far nicer to be outside. The Sage was out and I made myself an omelette, poured a glass of wine and relaxed. It was so pleasant that I’m rather tempted to do the same tomorrow. Not outside though, not if the forecast rain falls. I shall gaze at it with interest, however. It’s a long time since I’ve seen rain.