It has been widely reported that the government is considering abandoning the second half of its fiscal mandate - that debt should be falling as a percentage of GDP in 2015-16. My view is that the short term economic impacts of this are limited. It's not really news; NIESR has been saying for well over a year that this target was unlikely to be met.
New reality: get good marks that few think are credible, go to university, accumulate student debt, compete against global peers, work an average 43 hour week, rent, raise a family if you can afford it, zig-zag for 45 years through dozens of companies, retire with whatever you have managed to save, live to 81.
Eradicating child poverty is an ambitious but hugely important aspiration. Not only does it makes sense economically, as according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation the annual cost of our high levels of child poverty is around £25 billion, but it is a moral duty, as no decent society should allow children to go without, to the extent that it affects their future life chances.
The break-up of a marriage can exact a significant price on those involved. Children, family, friends and even pets can all be affected to some degree in addition to the husband and wife. To the emotional toll can be added the financial elements of separation - lump sums, property transfers, maintenance and pensions.
I really had hoped that we would be able to avoid talking about peripheral Europe once March's Greek bond payment and orderly default on its debt was out of the way. The focus has of course shifted from Italy to Spain in the past month, as Mariano Rajoy's 100-day honeymoon as Spanish prime minister has come to a rather sudden and painful stop.