On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?
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.
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.
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.
Don't get me wrong, it was a joy the first time I saw my name in print and I still get a buzz when someone uses one of my quotes but really you can take self-importance too far...
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.
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...
When he was leader of the Opposition, David Cameron took no stands. His was a 'warm words' strategy. He showered the country with promises such as to prioritise the NHS and to lead the greenest government ever - which he then broke. Ed Miliband has taken almost the opposite approach. He has spent much of his leadership spoiling for a fight.
As politicians and Think Tanks start shaping future policy ahead for the 2015 General Election, we argue that literacy should become a priority for policies to tackle Child Poverty and social exclusion.
I am delighted to have got the People's Politics Inquiry underway, and to have today launched the consultation questions on Your Britain - the online policy hub set up by Labour to open our policy making process to anyone who wants to have a say in shaping our next manifesto. My colleagues and I are going to spend the summer having conversations with people who have been turned off from politics and we are going to ask them what we need to do to change. If we want to put power back in the hands of people, then we need to listen to people first.
This week Ed Miliband heralded the biggest Labour Party reforms for a generation to strengthen the connection with millions of individual working people... In marked contrast, and using language that is a throwback to the old Tory party, David Cameron offers nothing but an attack on Labour's trade union links.
The risks of distancing the Party from the unions are clearly not simply financial. The labour movement arguably anchors Labour to the interests - or at least the perceived and the collective interests of ordinary working people of the country it one day hopes to govern again.
George Osborne may be right to boast that opposition to what he's doing is "crumbling", after Ed Balls agreed to work within the coalition's spending limits. The Chancellor would enjoy further clout after the IMF and OECD rallied behind his deficit reduction plan. But such groups have tended to be rather fickle in their support for the Chancellor. Osborne should beware relying on fairweather friends as justification for his economic agenda, as they can easily turn against him.
Labour's relationship with big donors hasn't always been comfortable, as the Eccleston saga showed, and if the party becomes more dependent on the same big money and vested interests as the Conservatives then the risk is that it will only come to resemble them even more.
Ed Miliband has a point. My constituents would go berserk if I told them that I was taking a second job with a second salary but still staying on as their MP. They would certainly kick me out at the next election.