This afternoon, Gordon Brown faced an unprecedented challenge to his authority from his own… blah, blah, blah.  If Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon had waited for the weather to change, perhaps they would have made more of a mark.  For once again London is under a thick layer of snow:

It’s almost as thick as it was back in February 2009:

Up at Parliament Hill, it was like something from Breughel:

So it’s little wonder that an estimated one in ten employees stayed home from work altogether, and many more left early.  I feel terribly sorry for any schoolchildren who are not being given the day off, or at least liberty to play outdoors for most of the day.  Maybe the PM should be opportunistic and announce a national snow day bank holiday.  After all, there have been promises today of a new bank holiday for the diamond jubilee in 2012, by which time the election will be ancient history – surely Gordon would want his largesse to be fresh in the electorate’s memory?

It snowed consistently from about 11.00 until 4.00 or so, as I took these pictures.  Good advice at the ponds:

Which was being heeded:

It has stopped now, and looks as though it will freeze overnight and be treacherous by morning.

In other news: ice-cream flavours eaten so far this year: 4.  Kilometres swum: 5.25.  Ominous.


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