The EU has already been buffeted by the Eurozone and migration crises; one more major shock to the system could well mark the beginning of the end. In the words of David Cameron: 'Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt?' Like the prime minister, I would never be so rash as to make that assumption.
A one nation government should be about moderation, carefully thought through policy which does not over-burden one strata of society, and tacking to the centre. There is much in that would describe many historic Conservatives from Macmillan to Heseltine, and who knows, perhaps Stephen Crabb will seek to lay claim to that territory. At present, however, it does not describe the Chancellor or the course the government has taken since the summer budget.
David Cameron asserts that Jeremy Corbyn is a terrorist sympathiser. There is a sense in which he is correct. Corbyn has a long record of support for the suffering people of Palestine. He has shared platforms with people who were, allegedly, members of Hamas and Hizbollah. Both of those organisation have used violence for political ends. Corbyn is not a pacifist.
What impressive dexterity our prime minister is demonstrating. In February 2011, there he was, grandstanding in Tahrir Square, celebrating with Egypt's pro-democracy activists the overthrow of the country's former leader, Hosni Mubarak. And here he is now, less than five years later, warmly welcoming Mubarak's successor, the former field marshal who seized power in a coup that ended Egypt's imperfect experiment with democracy.
If you take a look at the pro-EU StrongerIn website, the first thing you will read is the following message - blurting out of the screen in big, bold, white letters: "Britain is stronger, better off and safer in Europe than we would be out on our own." Let's set this record straight - we love 'Europe'. We just hate the EU!
Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.