I don’t have a car, I have a wardrobe full of wintry garb and I still hold onto a childlike wonder when the ground is suddenly covered in a white blanket. Consequently, it’s been a good weekend for me but it would of course be a different story if I was camping out in an airport without a pillow or a blanket (white or otherwise) to keep me comfortable throughout the night, as many have been doing overnight from Gatwick up to Aberdeen.

The lack of information coming from the airports is making the headlines but problems exist at a lower level up and down the country across buses, undergrounds, motorways and town streets. Could more have been done? Is there a Government strategy for this entirely foreseeable scenario or is ‘do nothing and bear it’ as good as it gets?

It is difficult to avoid drawing comparisons with the events that let up to the Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary having to resign last week – a short, sharp wintry burst and transport suddenly slipping into meltdown (if you can forgive the double pun). Now, there are potential differences between what is happening in the UK this week and what happened in Scotland last week, ignored reports and looked over weather forecasts for example. However, it is perfectly reasonable to point the finger at Stewart Stevenson’s equivalent in the coalition Government, Lib Dem Minister Norman Baker, and ask what it is that he is doing. A quick Google search has shown that his name isn’t in any of the main news articles on this snowy Sunday. Is Norman going for that ‘do nothing and bear it’ laissez-faire strategy that contributed to Stewart Stevenson’s undoing? Hopefully he is just too busy for his office to send out a press release.

Remarkably, the BBC are questioning Scottish correspondents on whether the new Transport Secretary is doing any better in Scotland without even mentioning what the UK Minister is doing for the rest of the UK. Media pressure is, of course, a significant contributing factor in any Ministerial resignation.

I personally believe that the coldest, the snowiest and the iciest December we have seen for many years will inevitably come with travel problems and it is for individuals, not Governments, to take decisions for themselves and then deal with the consequences that follow. There are many reasons to resign from a Government but a fallout from the fickle Mother Nature shouldn’t really be one of them.

That said, Norman Baker threatened to resign over tuition fees, he could have arguably resigned over implementing rail fare rises after campaigning on reducing them and now, if Scotland is anything to go by, he may have to show some true grit to plough his way through this current situation.

Anyway, wellies and mittens on for me and I’m off to build a snowman, or just steal one again