Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has a habit of finding others to blame for Government failures. He notoriously accused the badgers of 'moving the goalposts' to excuse the badger cull shambles under his watch. Now he seems to be saying that Britain's membership of the European Union is to blame for the floods.
The Environment Secretary has failed to act. Her silence is a complete abdication of responsibility. She should be leading an urgent, cross-Departmental response to bring air pollution down to safe levels. Re-doing the consultation and making genuine efforts to engage on air quality must be the first step, for which she will have Labour's full support.
While the EU continues to struggle with the Mediterranean refugee crisis, South East Asia has been facing a potential catastrophe as Burma's Rohingya flee their homes in search of safety across the Andaman Sea. The scenes of thousands of people stranded on boats and the harrowing discovery of mass graves have recently commanded the world's attention, but the Rohingya minority's desperation is not new and they are no strangers to injustice.
Qatar must allow international safety experts to assess the death toll so far and ensure that not one more person dies needlessly. If London 2012 could host an entire Olympics with no work-related fatalities, then Qatar can do the same for the World Cup. It's all down to will and political leadership.