John Downing: Children are not the only ones facing into that age-old 'back-to-school' shock
There is nothing like the threat of schoolchildren stranded at a rural bus stop to concentrate political minds. Add the threat of stoppages in the rail services, more rail services being truncated, and you know that the August political ceasefire is now grinding to a very abrupt halt.
Yep, the schoolchildren are not the only ones facing into that age-old back-to-school cold-water shock. Most of us fortunate enough to have got away for a summer break find our piquant autumnal memories of childhood revived as we face back into another season of work.
Many politicians find September a more useful gauge of a political restart than January. But this year all of them know they must hit the ground running, since after October's Budget speculation around a general election will intensify.