Is the UK a divided place? What are the things that divide us? What are the bonds that unite us? Those are the questions that we were asking our Afternoon Edition audience on BBC Radio 5 live all last week. Deep diving into the lives and experiences of communities living in the UK offered everything from views on immigration to concerns about the NHS, social mobility and where people say they're from.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Carswell does next, because surely now everything he stands for has been destroyed. He can no longer play the 'I'm a great democrat' card - because he's not. He can no longer argue that politics is a cartel dominated by people who don't want to give up power - because he is one of them. He can no longer lambast his fellow politicians for breaking promises made to voters - because he has done the same.
The government's Brexit negotiating position is ambitious - how would the British public feel if the EU offered the UK less favourable terms?
Today we have tabled two Brexit-related motions for debate and votes if necessary in the House of Lords. I hope the government takes these motions in the spirit that they've been tabled. Yes, Labour wants to hold Ministers to account over the guarantees and assurances they have given to date. But we can also be useful.
EU nationals make a huge contribution to our economy and our public services, but let us not ignore the number of EU nationals that see the UK as more than that: this is their home. We have a duty to them to ensure that they continue to feel welcome here and failure to provide a unilateral guarantee of their continued right to live and work here undermines that.
The decision to leave the European Union is a hammer blow for equality. Whether its economic impact, our capacity to advocate for our sisters around the world or the battles ahead for our freedoms at work and in society, much is now at stake. Yet as the Prime Minister now presses ahead with hard Brexit, the challenge for us all is to find ways not only to protect what we have achieved to date but to continue to champion the power of equality to change all our lives for the better.
There is a mandate for Brexit, but not for a hard Brexit that leaves women worse off. The Government needs to change course and adopt a new course that prioritises the rights, safety and economic wellbeing of women in the Brexit negotiations - not as figures on a spreadsheet, but as human beings.
Over the coming months I will be out of Westminster, not just listening, but analysing trends, enabling people in towns to talk about their own priorities on their own terms and learning how we shape the future so it works for all of us. This is the England, as Orwell said, "that is only just beneath the surface" and it must be heard.
We both have different backgrounds and different experiences that led us to choose public service, but one of the fundamental things we share is a love of our country and a determination to do what we believe is best for our constituents. In short we share a deep sense of patriotism.
It is a fallacy to propose that the imposition of EU tariffs on UK goods would benefit Europe and economically damage the United Kingdom... It is perverse for Brussels to try and warn us of Hard Brexit by the bogeyman of tariffs, when they know that they are in fact, threatening to shoot themselves in the foot.
The media has been criticised for its reporting of the US presidential election campaign and the EU referendum. Several media outlets were accused of biased coverage and excessive focus on personalities rather than policies. Journalists working on these two campaigns have had to determine how to report on politicians' false claims.
"We've just found out that the funding for our project will end next year, the demand is still there, but it is EU funding, so..." I was in Coventry interviewing the director of a women's organisation providing health, education and employment programmes for women in one of the poorest wards in the City. We were talking about the effects of austerity, but as so often in my interviews that day, it soon became clear that the problems caused by cuts to national and local funding were exacerbated by the impact of Brexit.
This week's Commons People considers whether the Commons will follow the lead of the Lords and defeat Theresa May on the Brexit Bill. The politics team also look at the Government trying to bury bad news around disability payments, and ponder why it took Ukip nearly five months to get react to the revelation that Douglas Carswell only defected to neutralise Nigel Farage.
The time for fighting back and standing up for your human rights is now, not after the 2020 general election, when it could be too late. To do this we need your help.
This is no time to be retreating from what helps to give us security and influence in the world. And Europe's collective voice is stronger when it includes the UK's voice too. In an increasingly interdependent world, true patriots cannot be parochial.
I do not share the fury that my friend demonstrated as we were enjoying our ethnic falafel wraps! However, as the author John Steinbeck wrote in The Winter of Our Discontent, "It is much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone." But I do not wish to go there - at least not for now!