The average age of peers is 68….and a very nice age to be I can tell you. But very few of us have school age children and yet we keep school holidays in the House of Lords. Bizarre isn’t it? I thought at first it must be for the staff…considerably younger than us of course but actually they keep on working and doing all the things they can’t get done with us under their feet. I’m not wasting time though….It’s very nice to be here in Italy, the mimosas are in full bloom and what nicer way to spend a morning having coffee in Puccini’s favourite Caffe Margarita in Viareggio, followed by browsing around Mondadoris book store. Sad to be reminded though about the stagnant state of the Italian economy, the snail-like pace of structural labour reform and the rigidity of employment which simply denies opportunities to a generation of disaffected young people, who live at home well past their twenties or migrate. Just hope Renzi can get the support he needs.