Labour's lead over the Tories just isn't big enough, says the party's doom-and-gloom brigade, and has often fallen below the six-point mark. So? As YouGov's Anthony Wells confirms, on a uniform swing and assuming the Liberal Democrats get 15 per cent of the vote, the Conservatives need a lead of seven points to secure a Commons majority, whereas Labour needs just two.
The anti-intervention left and right have totally given up on the idea of the most powerful countries in the world being able to have any positive effect upon the world at large. In addition the anti-war movement claims to be on the side of peace, as if we occupy a world created by Disney, where the world is a simple choice between peace and war.
There are millions of ways a politician can shoot his or herself in the foot. Perhaps she gets too easily distracted, and fails to show up for hearings. Or maybe he abstains from key votes, and tweets crotch-shots to impressionable teens. Well, Labour's shadow transport minister, Jim Fiztpatrick, has taken political absurdity to new heights...
Archbishop Welby, the chap that, in his work costume, looks like a luminous yellow chess piece from space, has said that the church should apologise to gay people because of the way it has treated them. I expect he won't have to speak very loudly, or go very far to do so.
We've seen it all before. It's like Groundhog Day, the location is different - Syria not Iraq or Libya - but the rhetoric remains the same. While the discredited 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' mantra is gone, in its place the same humanitarian tipping point pared down - chemical weapons.
Over 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the fighting began... As many as 35,000 of these have been civilians. Yet it is the recent chemical attacks, which have allegedly killed 300 to 400 people, and injured several thousand, that have galvanised the United States, United Kingdom, France and others to now consider imminent military intervention.
We are in for some serious politics over the next year and Labour understands that. This is no minor issue, no pimple on the face of democracy that will go away with a brush of topical treatment. Initially they need someone who understands these kind of politics...
So Michael Gove has finally surfaced. When A-Level students received their results a fortnight ago, he was nowhere to be seen... Now when he has finally opened his mouth, it is to act as Lynton Crosby's ventriloquist's dummy. He needs to focus on the day job.
Dear David, I am writing to you in the wake of the ongoing dilemma called Syria and hoping you will heed to some of the advice you will find in the following paragraphs. I am cognisant of your heavy workload, so brevity will be my keyword.
A one-off barrage of strikes launched from the Mediterranean is unlikely to alter this calculus. It is hard to imagine what could be successfully struck in one barrage of attacks that would serve to either significantly punish the regime for its action or to deter it from deploying the weapons again in the future.
All rumours and intel suggest that the controversial badger cull looks set to start this Bank Holiday Monday. Whilst many will be enjoying BBQs, weekends away or even just some good old Bank Holiday DIY, others will be cleaning their rifles, sorting their body bags, putting on their hunting gear and heading to the South West.
As is often the case when a celebrity gets papped in the almost altogether, recriminations flew shortly afterwards. Downing Street let it be known that it was very cross. The press had an entire street that was upset with it.
"Hey guess what - Ben Affleck is the new Batman!" "Ergh" "You don't like Affleck? You've never forgiven him for Gigli?" "Affleck's fine, it's Batman" "Batman?" "Batman" "You don't like the caped crusader?" "Nope" "Why?" "A privileged millionnaire who punishes poor people. A nocturnal David Cameron."
Why is all this "play the man not the ball" stuff rolling out from Tory HQ and their friends in the press? It's to divert us from the really big political story: that the Tory Party is in deep trouble. Their famed grassroots operation is shrivelling up. The foot soldiers are defecting to Ukip in their droves.
Only 10% of the companies in Tech City are financial services focussed. That doesn't sound like enough to me given the London's status as a financial centre. It raises the question as to whether the Government should be focusing on financial technology start-ups and working out how to create an environment in which these companies can thrive.
As the violence in Egypt continues to unfold, the challenge today for the EU as its ministers gather in Brussels is how to help bring about an end to the chaos engulfing the country. All available diplomatic levers must now be considered by the EU to try and end the bloodshed, and the UK foreign secretary, William Hague, must take a lead in pushing for a robust joint response from EU governments.