With the departure of Burt, Hague and now Warsi, the FCO is left without any ministers who show any deep personal commitment to human rights... It would be unfair to prejudge Philip Hammond and Baroness Anelay, Sayeeda Warsi's replacement, this early on. Instead, one must simply appeal to them to prove the sceptics wrong.
Last week, the final tranche of redundancies within the British armed forces were announced. This fourth tranche, whilst it may have been expected, will still bring a new air of uncertainty to those finding themselves at risk. The announcement concerned specific time-lines, redundancy fields and the numbers to be cut.
Labour is proud of our armed forces and we support the principle of integrating the reserves to play a larger role. But we're clear that reductions to the regular Army must only take place at a pace that allows adequate uplift in the reserves to meet the shortfall. Otherwise we are taking risks with our country's defence and security. And that's not an option.
The silver lining in David Cameron's current flurry of clouds is that no ministers have yet decided that their career prospects would be better served by resigning from his government.
In our report published today, we concluded that, at the end of UK operations in Afghanistan in 2014, the best the UK will be able to do is to withdraw in good order and engage with external partners to improve Afghanistan's future prospects.
I hope I may be excused feeling a little smug today - the chickens are coming home to roost in precisely the way I hoped they would. Two successive reports from the government's financial watchdog, the NAO, have effectively endorsed the very difficult decisions we took while I was at MoD.
With yet more allegations of bullying and abuse in the armed forces, the time has come for the government to act on its promise to ensure that serving personnel are treated fairly and get access to the support they need when they leave active service.
Hats off to Philip Hammond. He has done that unfashionable thing and admitted he has changed his mind. And happily, this being August, he has not been set upon by a seething mob shouting "U-turn, u-turn!"
Individuals that have provided years of loyal military service will have an extremely hard time accepting these upcoming redundancies and the slashing of historical traditions.
With an increasing number of people calling for change, it is an irrefutable fact that Mr Hunt's support for unpaid internships only diminishes attempts at reducing the disparity between elitism and equality. When will these people be called out for the exploitation they so openly support?
Tyranny, tyranny, tyranny. It seems to echo from every direction like old church bells. Newspapers headline it, broadcasters auto-cue it, and party-goers celebrate the end of it - and they are right to. In his statement on Muammar al-Gaddafi's killing, Barack Obama said "the dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted". Now there's a sound-bite.
Raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph won't help the economy, but it will lead to more violent deaths and life-changing serious injuries, says Ellen Booth, senior campaigns officer at Brake, the road safety charity.
So 80 is soon to be the new 70 or at least that is what Philip Hammond has in mind. Given that the existing speed limit on motorways was introduced in 1965 a review makes sense. The world moves on and circumstances alter.
The recent furore surrounding the awarding of the Thameslink contract to Siemens ahead of Bombardier and its resultant negative impact on the East Mid...