Was Prezzer in Harry Ramsden's snarling over a double cod and chips? I am sure I saw Harriett Harman coming out of Primark and a couple of junior ministers in one of Indian Restuarants in Preston Street looking stressed. On Sunday there was an unusual number of suits in the congregation. It is the Labour Party Conference in the parish.
Amongst criminal classes of the city, now is the time for crime and disorder anywhere above or beyond Western Road, down there around the Grand Hotel and Conference Centre you can't move for armed police, bollards, pavements are restricted, its a fortified city. There are boats with policemen in them off shore and presumably the ship on the horizon has missiles at the ready. The sky is empty off the planes that normally go to or from Gatwick.
How different from the days when my uncle had a nice conversation with Mr Atlee and his detective on the tube, or when boys would be photographed standing on the pavement outside No 10.
I know we have had the Brighton bomb and other terrorist outrages but how society has changed, and yet until recently the Queen used to be met out riding or driving on her own in Windsor Great Park.