A great pleasure today was to have a virtual meeting with the charming Julie Connolly, who is the RCN's regional head. We have had regular meetings over the years and have got to know each other quite well. Calm, down-to-earth and pragmatic, Julie's genuine concerns are for her nurses. After I'd cracked the log-on, which is something I have improved on over the months, we chatted for more than an hour about a range of topics. We ended on nurses' pay. Julie knew that the Chancellor is due to make a statement on Wednesday on public sector pay, a leak already indicating the nurses would be exempt from a pay freeze. We'll have to wait and see what happens next week. After a lot of thought, I submitted my decision on the proposed incinerator plant on Portland. I am against. To me, the last thing that islanders need right now is a plant like this. I have supported, and will continue to support, the port, whose CEO, Bill Reeves, is doing a splendid job. Now, it'll be down to the planning committee to finally decide. I certainly cannot predict the outcome, but, either way, I don't have a vote on the matter, just an opinion. Back in London, there's been further fall-out over the Home Secretary's bullying inquiry. The man who advises the PM on standards, Sir Alex Allan, resigned. This, after the PM rejected his findings, saying he did not think Ms Patel was a bully and had "full confidence" in her. She gave a "fulsome apology" but said she was not "supported" - at the time claims were made - by her department. I know Priti well, and I'm not just saying this because I've been told to, but she's a tough lady, doing a tough job, and I cannot help thinking that in today's world people take offence far too quickly. The virus vaccine story rolls on, with the NHS setting up vaccination centres across the UK in preparation for any jab being approved. People will be vaccinated at sites around the country, as well as in hospitals and by GPs in the community. The government has also officially asked the medical regulator to assess the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Coronavirus infection rates are levelling off in England and Scotland and decreasing in Wales and Northern Ireland, latest data from the Office for National Statistics suggests, news that comes as more than two million people in Scotland are now living under the country's toughest level of coronavirus restrictions. The level four rules came into force at 1800 today in 11 council areas across central and western Scotland.