I am on my way back from Bath - my talk at the Association of County Chief Executives conference seemed to go quite well. This was a relief - not least because I suffered once more this morning from 'Taylor's Law'. This states that whenever one has put aside the time of a journey to do some final preparation for a speech or presentation, it is guaranteed that an old friend will walk into the plane or train, thus making preparation impossible. I know this sounds obscure, but it has now happened to me so many times that I am convinced there is something going on. While it was more fun than preparing for my speech to chat to my old No. 10 colleague, Peter Hyman, I did wonder whether the chief executives noticed that my list of six points contained only five!