On Saturday afternoon the first new mainline steam train (A Peppercorn A Class Tornado for those that care about these things) built in 50 years steamed into King’s Cross Station, London.
It was built by volunteers and funded by public subscription. For a nation which was built on the back of the railways it has captured the public imagination.
In a week when 1 in 5 could not make it to work because of the snow this little victory reminded Britain that, even if they have to go back to the future, there can be things to celebrate.
Meanwhile on the political front the Prime Minister has very much run out of steam and ended the week having to respond to an attack on his financial strategy from President Sarkosy of France.
He’s been stripped of all credibility, has nothing much left in the cupboard to throw at the current economic challenges and has an ability to darken any mood just through an appearance. Miserable and depressing – his removal from office is an essential step towards recovery.