Leader: The loveliness of spring

Clear skies, honeyed light, lingering evenings: the spring equinox - when the sun moves across the celestial equator (an imaginary circle in the sky above the actual equator) - has announced itself with par­ticular beauty this year. The blossom seems brighter and more luscious than ever and yet there's something almost sinister about such day-after-day perfection on our unpredictable island. As if to prove the point, a drought has been confirmed and Thames Water's advertising campaign shows the cracked earth of the dried-up (and aptly named) River Pang in Berkshire. Still, we should console ourselves that the Olympics will inevitably be a washout, with probably the greatest rainfall of recent years unleashing itself on the opening ceremony. Enjoy these golden days, while they last.

This article first appeared in the 02 April 2012 issue of the New Statesman, France is my enemy