Long political weeks seem to be a theme of late. I wonder when short political weeks ever happen? We continued our Induction training with sessions on data security, the work of the Cabinet Office, a meet the media session and some speed dating with Govt Departments to help us put names and faces together. I think it might have been slight overkill as by the end of 4 hours the names and the faces were becoming a bit of a blur!
And then we come to the first big decision, who should be our Chief Minister. I had been approached by Alex Allinson who asked if I would stand to propose him, and so I ended up this morning giving my maiden speech to the House in order to do that. By now you'll know that the vote went 14:8 to Alf Cannan and I think that reflects how very strong both candidates were. Both had ministerial appointment, both had recognised the need to reduce the use of Comin's block vote and to include a wider consultation to set the Programme for Government. I look forward to seeing how Mr Cannan's ministerial appointments shape up over the next few days. And then of course to getting on with taking decisions...