There are 20 weeks to go until the electorate go to the polls and decide who they want to form the next government. Will it be a Conservative or Labour majority government with either Ed Miliband or David Cameron as prime minister or will it once again be a coalition with Lib Dems as the king makers?
David Cameron will be planning more holidays if things carry on like this. While the PM has been out of office for the summer, his popularity ratings have taken an unexpected turn for the better, leaving poor Ed Miliband with egg on his face... quite literally this week. With the housing market on the up, and the entire country enjoying the kind of feel-good factor only a summer of sun and a royal baby can muster up, a survey this week by the ICM and the Guardian showed 40% of the electorate have economic confidence in the government, while only 24% have the same trust in Miliband and Ed Balls.
Now is the summer of our discontent - if you're a Labour voter, at least. Backbenchers have been crawling out of the woodwork in the past few weeks, angry at the perceived lack of direction from Ed Miliband and his shadow cabinet, worried that the party is not doing what must be done to take back power in 2015.
David Cameron needs to get away from the fantasy that fracking would lead to lower energy prices and stop using the US as an example. He should know that the gas market on the other side of the Atlantic is different than in Europe. Even if the UK was to extract large amounts of cheap gas from fracking, it would not lead to cheaper energy bills...
Forget the headlines, our economy is on the high road to ruin. Its apparent recovery is artificial and the reality is that our government is set to bankrupt our country. Don't believe me?
The Sun cannot possibly continue for much longer against this groundswell of opinion. But given its stringent, seemingly intractable, position of defending Page 3, it seems that it has boxed itself in. There are rumours that News International has created a task force to look at how Page 3 could be revamped and modernised. Yet how to do this without losing face?
Today's Labour Market Statistics show a worrying sharp rise in youth unemployment. The number of young people aged 16 to 24 who are unemployed rose by 15,000, to 973,000. The government's efforts to tackle youth unemployment are not working. The government's approach - the Youth Contract - was developed after Nick Clegg told the cabinet something must be done about youth unemployment. It has been clear for some time that it hasn't been going well. The Engineering Employers Federation reported that only 1% of their members were involved in it, and few of them had even heard of it.
Everybody knows Ed Miliband is the union-backed, rather goofy looking, leader of the Labour Party. But here's 10 things you didn't know about our possible future prime minister and overlord...
For CAFOD, this G20 comes at a critical moment: the Russian presidency needs to continue the momentum on the good work started by the G8 on transparency, to make sure that developed and developing country governments can ensure they are getting their fair share in taxes from global firms.
I'm glad David Cameron appreciates and values the Christian Scriptures. I hope he increasingly encounters and engages with them. I'm confident that, as he does, he'll discover the Bible is a much bigger story than anything so small as a 'handbook for moral guidance'.
It struck me as unusual to see a Conservative politician marching for any radical group whose name ended with the words "...Liberation Front". It sparked my curiosity, and that's when I came across the manifesto.
One of the reasons people's energy bills have increased so sharply in the last three years is because energy companies are now making much more profit than they were. In 2009, Britain's big six energy companies made just over £2billion in profit. Last year it was nearly £4billion. Overall, in the last three years, the energy giants have enjoyed a huge windfall of £3.3billion in extra profits. That £3.3billion on top of the profits they were already making. So the question people are asking themselves is why is David Cameron not stopping these companies from ripping people off? .
Schools also need to wake up to the fact that there is a strong need for that half hour PSHE lesson each week to include one of the most significant parts of a school pupils life. Making it clear to children that they can report online abuse to teachers, parents and if necessary the police, is vital. Caution needs to be encouraged.
It is clear that Spain's disdain for Gibraltar is purely hypocritical when viewed through the wider lens of Spanish possessions in Morocco. Above being hypocritical, Spain's behaviour creates unnecessary tension between two very close friends and partners.
An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 in Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillehammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world. He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing.
Our report recommends the NHS puts quality of care, and particularly patient safety, above all other aims. Patients should be at the centre of everything the NHS does, engaged both in their own healthcare and in the way the system works, from the frontline to Whitehall.