I have spent several hours this weekend – to be honest, more than I intended – finishing reading Chris Mullin’s second volume of diaries, “Decline and Fall” – the excellent follow up to “A View from the Foothills”. I had thought that without the vignettes of (junior) ministerial life, it might be less interesting than its predecessor. In fact, I found I could hardly put it down. His account of the last days of Pompeii (editorial note: this is a metaphor) remained riveting and his accounts of those events where I too was present were unerringly accurate and beutifully described. So, if you’ve not already bought it, I recommend you get it for yourself as an early Christmas present.