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Silly season

Summer in the UK and some other countries is typically known as silly season. Politicians are on holiday and there is generally little news to report. Journalists spend their time searching around for at best benign and at worse frivolous stories that are of little consequence.

In July it was reported that a man in Vélez-Málaga had been arrested for not wearing a mask in a bank and during lockdown, people across Spain were caught taking anything from goats (I'm not kidding, if you'll pardon the pun) to toy dogs out for walks just to get out of the house. I mean, you couldn't make it up!

This is proof that it's been hard to know when silly season actually started and although the nights are clearly drawing in and autumn is just around the corner, there are few signs to suggest it is drawing to an end.

In the UK the first Prime Minister's Questions took place on Wednesday and in Spain, while prime minister Pedro Sánchez and other leaders have been on holiday, the council of ministers has continued to sit throughout August.

Schools across Europe have either already gone back or will be doing so in the next fortnight and it feels like a beast, which has been to some extent tamed, is about to be unleashed again.

But this time we are prepared for the sudden announcements and overnight changes vis à vis coronavirus, aren't we? It's surprising how quickly we have become used to freedoms and privileges being taken away from us quicker than you can say Covid-19. And if you're a Brit in Spain reading this and dreading Brexit, you already knew what I meant about freedoms and privileges, before the virus came to stay.

Looking ahead to autumn and winter, along with whatever sudden changes Covid-19 might bring, we have the US elections to look forward to. Another four years of Trump's tweets or will America wake up and say 'enough is enough'?

As for the Brits in Spain and the rest of the EU, as well as our fellow EU citizens in the UK, the end really is nigh. On 31 December the UK will have transitioned out of the EU after four and a half years of Brexit.

While summer is almost over and politicians are back at work giving journalists plenty to keep them going for the next few months, I can't help thinking that silly season is not.

I for one am looking forward to more stories about goat and toy dog walkers and people being arrested for not wearing masks in banks.