Who would have thought it? Cutting people's benefits, when there are almost 14 times as many jobseekers as jobs, hasn't sent them all rushing back to work and is causing misery for those families at the sharp end of austerity. The Chartered Institute of Housing's report into the impact of the benefit cap in one area of London confirms what any reasonable person would have guessed. But the headline, that the cap is struggling to meet its aims of encouraging people into work and saving taxpayers' money, is I think rather generous.
The success of Germany has been founded on a willingness across the board to look long-term and to seek commitment to shared goals. The country's experience shows that such an attitude can help tackle the most serious of difficulties.
Most members of trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party would NOT vote Labour if a general election were held this week, according to a YouGov analysis taken on the eve of Ed Miliband's speech to the Trades Union Congress.
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...
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.
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.
With Miliband's determination to end the practice of taking block sums from affiliated unions' political funds, there is now no excuse for further delay. All the parties need to get back round the negotiating table and talk about legislating for a donations cap as part of a new party financing deal.
The task Miliband begins tomorrow is not an easy one and the challenge with which he has been presented is not simply one union's making. The undemocratic electoral college which picks Labour's London mayoral candidate has its origins in New Labour's bid to prevent Ken Livingstone being fairly chosen as the party's candidate.
As an employee within the retail sector myself, I have come to witness a great injustice towards students and other employees alike within the retail sector, which must be addressed. There currently exists a perfect storm for capital as both zero-hour contracts and an increase in target-driven sales.
I understand why people are angry by the woman who favoured functional inequalities and believed it to be a necessity for a dynamic economy as she cared little for those consequently suffering.
Whatever your view of Margaret Thatcher and her legacy, she was a sure friend of gold. Long before she abolished exchange controls in 1979, she had barked against the Gold Coins Order of 1966 in Parliament, calling it "the final indignity" of the then-Labour government's economic mismanagement.
She was horribly, horribly right wing and I find it difficult to forgive her that. Despite believing in the policies she implemented (the woman really thought she was doing good) I look at the society we have today and I can see the scars her policies left behind. Enormous social immobility and a lack of political empathy.
On Saturday morning, I'm meeting Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Greek Opposition and head of the left-wing Syriza coalition. We will be talking about the spectre that's haunting Europe: austerity. It may seem that Britain and Greece - at almost opposite ends of Europe - have little in common. In fact, we have lots in common, and lots to discuss.
It is clear that austerity isn't working, and it is clear that making it easier to sack people and harder for disabled people to live independently, is no kind of cure for our sick economy. Instead of these policies of despair and division we need investment in our economy and our public services to create jobs and opportunities to help our communities, and to support people who need it.
With the Conservative Party unveiling a new ad campaign in marginal seats, which basically divides voters into hard-working 'strivers' and stay-at-home 'shirkers', and with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg launching on attack on universal benefits, it seems the perfect time to debunk ten key myths about the UK's welfare budget and, specifically, 'out of work benefits'.
While these low turnouts will be debated and analysed, one thing is clear: they should sound the death knell for the ludicrously shrill cries from some quarters of the Tory party and their supporters for greater restrictions on trade union ballots.