BRITAIN, we learned this week, is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking.
It is a welcome statistic yet it worries me on one level. With fewer fag packets knocking around, what now will the Government do its arithmetic on the back of?
It’s hard to imagine what other sort of calculation led Michael Gove to announce on Monday that £500m would be spent over the next 27 years on the planting of 50m trees along the M62 corridor from Hull to Liverpool.
Let’s not be negative: this is a good idea. Indeed, it is the first good and original idea to have come from Whitehall in as long as I can remember.
But half a billion quid? Really?