David Cameron is down in Cornwall for a few days, doing his bit for the national tourism industry. I’m told (er, by Downing Street’s press office) that this morning he purchased “scallops, mackerel and monkfish” for a barbecue from a fishmonger in Port Isaac. (No, he didn’t order any ‘flounder’ or ‘carp’ or ‘chub’ or ‘European minnow’ or “smoothtongue*” – sorry, sketchwriters.)
Back in London, however, the political focus is on Tony Blair’s intervention into the riots debate. Blair’s key point: that a “highfalutin wail about a Britain that has lost its way morally” would be counterproductive and damage Britain’s reputation overseas.