On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.
To feel that what you're doing each day for your pupils 'doesn't count' is arguably one of the most devastating things that a teacher has to carry home with them at night. Far heavier than the 60 literacy and numeracy books you've rammed into your bags for life that evening, and its a weight that cripples you with each passing day.
The final test will come when Trump starts showing signs of not accepting defeat at the polls in four years' time, or tries to call into question the limit on presidential terms after eight years. Then latest, will we know who Trump really is - which could be too late. It's going to be a challenging and tough time.
Political parties have traditionally rarely cared about young people, because young people don't tend to vote. Why don't we vote? Well, that'll be because nobody's representing our interests, and nobody's representing our interests because there are no votes in it. It's a vicious cycle, and one that's not going to be halted unless something changes.
He can't let his defeat in the popular vote sit, picking at the wound endlessly. Let him come, and show he's welcome but his views aren't. There'll be no hiding place when everywhere he looks he finds anger, disgust, and dislike. After all, there's nothing a bully hates more than to be made small while everyone watches on.
We have come a long way from King John in the 13th century but the world and its institutions of government are hugely more complex. Moreoever, changes are still taking place. It seems to me that there is a urgent need to consider this whole issue of accountability of the state to get a framework fit for the 21st century rather than relying on piecemeal actions in response to the latest scandal.