Daylight Saving might happen this time.
I have been a supporter and a leader of more campaigns than I can remember to let there be light. The arguments are overwhelmingly in favour. Daylight hours do not match our waking hours as neatly as they should. Much daylight is wasted while we sleep in the mornings.
The trial that was carried out in the eighties was wickedly misrepresented by the tabloid press. They irresponsibly reported every accident involving a child before nine o'clock in the morning as a result of the experimental new hours. Of course they left unreported the decrease in accidents in the evening. There was also some misplaced nationalism from the Scots.
The first campaign group in the Commons for Daylight Saving was chaired by Tony Wright MP in the late eighties. There have been half a dozen attempts since.
It is slowly dawning on me that this is an enlightened parliament. The news that dozens of new Tory MPs will refuse to repeal the Hunting Act reinforces the impression that many of them are seriously progressive. One very bright one has joined the Afghanistan Withdrawal Group. If that is New Toryism, it's welcome.
If this parliament is sensible enough to keep hunting banned, there are clever enough to give the country more light.
Tory AM Darran Millar defended a string of Tory cuts in Wales on the Politics programme today- except one.
He said that Tories in the Welsh Assembly are united against the closure of the Newport Passport Office. There is extraordinary unity in Wales that is determined that Wales will not suffer an unfair share of the job cuts.
The campaign being conducted by the local newspaper the South Wales Argus has been energetic, resourceful and passionate. The Secretary of State appears to be behind the campaign. I want to avoid stirring up false hopes but if this campaign fails it will not be because of any shortcomings in the case presented by all parties.
The outrage expressed is genuine against a foolish proposal that would dampage the lives of 250 local families and undermine the local economy.
I am trying to avoid joining the mass nervous breakdown of fear about the ink-jet bomber. Apparently he is also the 'shoe bomber' and the 'underpants' bomber'. His record suggests he is shaping up to be the most incompetent bomber ever. Yet even incompetence can terrify our jittery politicians. Brace yourself for an orgy of fear-mongering.