I am sitting in the autumn sun outside a hostelry in Whitehall.
Two down. Two to go.
Wow. What a week that was.
Sometimes in these Monday Muses I like to shoot the breeze and see where we might end up, like a leaf caught in an autumn wind, twisting and turning to eventually land at a conclusion.
The skies have been decidedly grey this past week. As summer packs up its bucket and spade, there are sure signs that autumn is here.
Ramsay Jones: This month has seen the world lose two of the most decent and principled people ever to grace the political stage
This month has seen the world lose two of the most decent and principled people ever to grace the political stage. Both were men of stature, firm belief and conviction. Both believed that to serve others was the pinnacle of their duty as human beings.
Ramsay Jones: Boris Johnson’s dog-whistle jokes on what Muslim women wear are no longer a laughing matter
I had my first brush with Boris 12 years ago. It was in Bournemouth at the Conservative Party Conference, and David Cameron’s first as leader.
Ramsay Jones: Stuck in the middle – the majority in the real world still live in hope for common sense from all sides
Well that was quite a week.
I don’t know if England will win the World Cup. Football may or may not be coming home.
It is in the nature of most of us to extol the virtues of where we live as the very best there is. To assert that our corner of this planet is unsurpassed. That our people are the finest, our landscape the most stunning, our spirit the most indomitable.
I’ve never watched Love Island. Sorry. But there you are. It doesn’t make me a bad person.
It’s good to talk. To weigh up the pros and cons of a problem. To review the evidence and examine the options.
Ramsay Jones: Promises have been made about announcements over the timing of another Independence Referendum
There was a watershed moment in Scottish politics last week.
Our world lost two of its brightest lights last week.
I’ve changed my mind. I admit I might have been wrong.
“My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.”
At their party conference in June, the next deputy leader of the SNP will be announced.
Children sat huddled in a Syrian cellar sheltering from the latest bombardment from the Assad regime.
Ramsay Jones: To cower or confront – how far would you and should you go to protect life and possessions?
There has been much debate over the last week or so about the rights and wrongs of using force to defend one’s life and possessions when faced with an intruder into your home.
There is a distinctly cold wind blowing from the East. As we shiver under the latest icy blast from Siberia, we can at least be comforted by the knowledge that it will pass in a matter of days.
Ramsay Jones: Let’s hope the wind blows fair for France because across the Channel they’re not that fussed
Two issues have dominated the news agenda since my last Monday muse.
Ramsay Jones: Highs of Murrayfield stand in stark contrast to the lows of some of our Winter Olympic performances
Events of the last week or so have given me the perfect excuse to divert the main thrust of this column away from the usual suspects and subjects.
Ramsay Jones: In the US, the freedom being most furiously defended is the right to kill – not the right to live
No less than 43,000 people were killed in Britain during the blitz of World War II.
Ramsay Jones: Oxfam case raises troubling questions for us all but vital, life-saving work must continue
They are the words which greet an internet search for Oxfam.
Ramsay Jones: Braying protesters using intimidation and volume instead of debating are a stain on democracy
The first rule of Jacob Rees-Mogg Fight Club is don’t fight. Debate. Or whatever the Latin equivalent is. “Nec pugnare. disputandum.”?
Ramsay Jones: Time to focus on an issue that would forge a new relationship with the EU and right a wrong
It’s time to talk Brexit again. Sorry, but we have to.
Ramsay Jones: We shovelled, salted and cleared. It was our civic duty. Nobody told us to, it was the obvious thing to do
Winter’s icy grip had its fingers wrapped tightly round much of Scotland last week.
Ramsay Jones: The most talented people, which local democracy sorely needs, are staying away over low wages
Imagine if you were on the board of directors of an enterprise with an annual spend of over a billion pounds; if you had 8,000 employees, had to make vital decisions on a daily basis about the livelihoods of nearly a quarter of a million people, and responsible for nurturing the economy of some of the world’s biggest companies.
Convicted prisoners are banned from voting in the UK.
Ramsay Jones: Fewer than 500 days from now, let us leave. Let us take back control of our seas. But let’s be reasonable
Last Sunday was my birthday. Last Sunday also saw travel chaos across the UK and much of Europe.
Ramsay Jones: When securing a deal looked like a distant dream, the PM pulled it off and she didn’t even have to sing
It was, I suppose, fitting that the first stage of our exit from the European Union should be settled at dawn in the capital of Belgium. It gave headline writers plenty of alliterative scope: Breakfast Brexit in Brussels.
Ramsay Jones: Trump should visit the UK because the nation he represents is far more important than him
Readers will, by now, have noticed that one particular person has become a regular feature of this column.