We must not miss this chance to press the Syrian people's case. Russia and China have failed to live up to their responsibilities. As the United Kingdom hosts the Olympics, let's make sure we live up to ours.
Oh dear. David Cameron has told the Daily Telegraph today that austerity could continue till 2020. There is no alternative, says the PM. However, with impeccable timing, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published a new report on the UK economy this afternoon suggesting the "pace of structural tightening will need to slow" if the coalition's current plans for "additional monetary stimulus and strong credit easing measures" don't work.
In January, Miliband's ratings lagged far behind David Cameron's. Now, they are similar. Indeed, YouGov's latest poll for the Sunday Times shows Miliband slightly ahead, with his best ratings since last summer.
Today sees the launch of the Canal & River Trust - the new waterways charity in England and Wales.
Why is the Labour leader joining Tony Blair for a high-profile charity event at the Emirates Stadium this evening? Why has he allowed Blairites to brief that their hero is a close adviser and mentor to Miliband?
It is entirely possible that this will be the first government in modern history to leave a simpler, fairer and more straightforward care system than the one it inherited from its predecessor.
For the government, it seems to be to hark back to a nostalgic view of the past. So Michael Gove has come out in favour of a 1950s exam system for secondary schools, and Victorian-era rote learning at primary school.
The UK has a successful automotive industry. But more can, and should, be done to build on the industry's recent successes and establish a long-term framework for growth.
I have, this past few years spent quite a lot of time scratching my testicles at 38,000 feet - what else to do. There is an acquired rhythm to these things, long haul air travel has fleshed out the perfect deal between airline and passenger, and in the most part it works.
Beneath the blue silk ties, Savile Row suits and faux bonhomie, tribal hatreds threaten to consume sections of the leadership of the Conservative party. Flashes of the venom occasionally spill over into the public domain.
History, we are told, is always repeating itself - and it feels to me like we're currently in an early '80s-lite period, at least in politics.
Before I was elected to Parliament I spent nearly a decade working with and for some of the most vulnerable children in the country, who left me in no doubt that a good relationship with an adult they trusted mattered to them above all else.
There is one area of frequent enquiry that streams my way, where I feel that I am not ideally qualified to comment. Doctors in Afghanistan are at best soothsayers, at worse fraudsters.
All of my friends here come from far-flung places, a broader horizon that dispenses the notion that your own place of birth is best. Each fizzes your blood with unique cultural facets, we are simply part of something bigger.
I think I may have been living in a war zone for too long, and it is taking its toll. Before Christmas I was talking with a friend who had been working in regions of conflict exclusively for 10 years and he described that there are something like 59 symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he exhibited 43 of them.
When the first Euros were printed in 1999, Europe chose a bold new future. But beneath the surface, the new European economy was built on shaky foundations. The decision is one of the biggest we have faced. The answer is clear: Europe must go for growth.