Yesterday's headlines, about removing benefits for those under 25, add to the mounting evidence that welfare will be on the front line of the 2015 election - a key issue for parties to show that Britain can do better than this, or that they're on the side of hard working people. Stepping back from the detail of this latest worrying announcement, we're left with a bigger question: why is welfare on a thirty year popularity losing streak? And what role have its supporters - myself included - played in it?
The 'global race'. It's a term close followers of British politics are likely to have become familiar with. The Conservative top-table have loyally referred to it in columns and interviews for almost a year... But at this year's Tory conference in Manchester it seemed to have been relegated down a division.
One such author and journalist, writing at the same time as a young Ralph Miliband, was highly critical of aspects of England and Englishness. The English 'are not gifted artistically' he wrote. The English 'are not intellectual'. They have, he wrote a 'world-famed hypocrisy'.
The Daily Mail's attack on Ralph Miliband is so preposterous that there must be a hidden motive behind it. But what? One is that it is based on anti-semitism. That would put the Mail in the same category as Hitler who defined a Jew as anyone with one Jewish grandparent - nothing to do with faith and purely according to their birth.
Drunkenly eating the popcorn of news The week giveth, and the week taketh away. On the give side, Alastair Campbell administered the sort of arse who...
The Daily Mail thesis appears to include that the beliefs of Ralph Miliband, an eminent Marxist academic, who died in 1994, might have prejudiced the politics of sons Ed and David Miliband.
In his speech to the Conservative party conference, David Cameron spoke for over 50 minutes but he said very little. No policies to deal with the huge cost of living crisis that has left people on average nearly £1,500 a year worse off since the General Election. For most people it must seem like Cameron is not so much trying to "finish the job", but finish them off.
If he was right and you could judge a man by the generation before them that would surely mean writing for the Daily Mail made him a Hitler loving anti-Semite. At this point he defecated in his own pants and started flinging his faeces around the newsroom.
While all the British media is concerned about the shape of planned press regulation, such editorial choices are extremely unlikely to win over public opinion. With its 'evil legacy' piece, The Mail probably done Miliband and the campaign for more press regulation a lot more good than harm.
If any single article demonstrates the abuse of press power, the Daily Mail's hatchet job on Ralph Miliband, the father of Labour leader Ed Miliband, has got to be right up there with the best of them. Where do we start with such hypocrisy from the country's second most popular newspaper?
It's hardly news when a right wing newspaper attacks a Labour leader. It's all part of the game. Imagine if Neil Kinnock took umbrage every time he was denigrated by the Mail - it would have taken up all his time to defend himself. But Miliband is different...
Levy's article took aim at Miliband's deceased father - a terrible choice, given that few, regardless of political conviction, would begrudge a man for defending his dad (something that his since been echoed by David Cameron). However, as if that wasn't making a Labour rebuttal easy enough, it appears that Levy decided he'd help them out even more.
George Osborne's speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester dealt with themes we have come to expect from him: an emphasis on fiscal discipline and assurances that he is on the side of aspirational, "hard-working" people the length of the country. There were, however, also features we haven't heard before...
Ed Miliband wants to talk about the cost of living. Good. Hardworking people would be worse off under Labour. It is one of those eternal truths in politics: Labour would spend and borrow more of your money. All the glittering giveaways, the puffed pledges, the demands of union bosses - there is only one person who ends up paying for it all. You.
It is rare for an opposition to stop a government and, given its angst over Iraq, Labour heralded it as a triumph for multilateralism. It also chimes with most British people who, like the Americans, are weary of foreign entanglements.
This week's blog comes direct from my parents' kitchen table, where I'm holed up away from the real world, catching up on sleep, home-cooked food and fresh countryside air. When we first moved to this house, some twenty years ago, my constant companion was a Friends of the Earth book, which if I remember rightly was entitled How to Save the World... This week, 'green' is back on the menu. That much was clear from my taxi ride back to the train station after a day at the Labour party conference in Brighton (yes, I should have walked, I'm feeling guilty just typing it).