David Cameron has a Europe problem. While the UK Independence Party's popularity is currently surging, as evidenced by the 27% of the vote they received in last week's by-election to the UK parliament, he's feeling the pressure to lurch ever more the right and position the British Conservative Party as the Euro-sceptic 'voice of reason'.
You remember Sid, right? Back when what then passed for the commanding heights were being privatised in the late 1980s, ad agency BMP got taxpayers' money to convince taxpayers to buy shares in the taxpayer-owned British Gas. No doubt Vince Cable is already taking pitches today from Soho ad agencies wanting to help him giveaway shares in the taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland.
With elections next year, Bangladesh is entering an unsettling period in its short history, as it drifts towards becoming a one-party state. If an opposition remains, which I remain hopeful it will, Bangladeshis must be given a fair and balanced view on the political choice that awaits them. While our politicians remain shamefully silent, we must defend those who are brave enough to speak out in Bangladesh. And whilst I go round taking the piss out of the not-so-great and the not-so-good in the coming months, I shall be thinking more than once how lucky I am to be able to do so.