I normally return to Hull on Thursday evenings – I usually have academic commitments in Hull on Friday – and last night decided to follow my usual practice. Travelling by train did not prove a problem: Hull Trains no longer offers Club 55 but it did deliver me in good time. The problem was once I got to Hull. It had witnessed another major snowfall. I stepped off the train into about a foot of snow. It took about about an hour digging my car out of the station car park. When I got home, it took two passers-by and my neighbour to help get it into the drive. When I got out of the car, the snowdrift by the side of the House came up to my waist.
In the event, I need not have bothered. University authorities decided to close the campus for the third day running. I could have remained in the London for debate on the House of Lords (the Steel Bill). I could have had my usual lunch in the Bishop’s Bar. Instead, I had lunch in the only place within easy walking distance of my house – Tesco’s.
Still, I have made good progress on a chapter I am penning on the coalition’s constitutional reform programme and the tensions it generates.