Good news on the virus front. A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95 per cent effective, early data from US company Moderna shows. The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their vaccines. Moderna says it is a "great day" and they plan to apply for approval to use the vaccine in the next few weeks. On the political front, Boris Johnson, six Tory MPs and two political aides are self-isolating after a breakfast meeting inside Downing Street last Thursday. One of the MPs, Lee Anderson, later tested positive for Covid-19, and on Sunday the prime minister was told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. In a video from No 10, Mr Johnson urged others to "follow the rules" if contacted by the system. The PM's official spokesman insisted that Downing Street is "Covid-secure". Isolated the PM may be, but he's upset the SNP - not a difficult thing to do - by reportedly telling a virtual meeting of Conservative MPs that devolution had been a "disaster" in Scotland. Mr Johnson went on to lay the blame at the door of Tony Blair, who initiated devolution, saying it was his "biggest mistake". I concur. Naturally, the SNP, who are a disaster in Scotland, have criticised Mr Johnson's reported comments. Rowing back slightly, it would appear, government sources suggested the PM had been making "more of a reference" to the SNP's running of Scotland than devolution in general. While I understand the principal that, decisions made nearer those they affect might be better ones, I always knew that a totally irresponsible SNP would attempt to tear the UK apart, and lead their poor voters into misery and bankruptcy. For that's where they'd go were they to have their independence. It really is cloud-cuckoo-land stuff, which is disingenuous to say the least. Back in S Dorset, I had a long chat with Chief Fire Office Ben Ansell following the major fire in Chickerell on Sunday. Twenty-one dustbin lorries and other associated vehicles were destroyed after a car caught fire, which spread in strong winds. 90 firefighters tackled the blaze and fortunately no one was hurt. Clearly this will affect rubbish collection in the area, but I know the council is working on this. Many constituency matters to deal with.