A friend of mine phoned up earlier who was obviously blissfully unaware of the responsibilities that come with fatherhood. He asked me if I fancied going out this evening for a drink and going to a party.
Obviously with a son just a few weeks old now suffering from his first cold (what a trauma for him - get used to it), I explained I was busy. "What is the party" I asked.
"Its a load of Green's, including some Green councillors, and it's a Doctor Who themed party."
Well at that moment I was so very very grateful that I had a cast iron excuse that I could never have got out of, though quite frankly I would rather have gone to the Dentists or spend some time in the company of North Norfolk Conservatives (and really, that is something very low down on my list) that be surrounded by Green councillors at a Dr Who party.
My friend, a Conservative, will have to view it as a punishment for his Conservatism !