US and EU diplomacy to end the Ukraine crisis is being undermined by the lack of appetite among some countries for any course of action that might influence Russia's next moves.
The next two days see a Nato meeting, a meeting of foreign ministers, and an EU gathering. Will countries with widely differing agendas on Ukraine be able to find a way forward?
No.10 have made a mistake in its slightly gushing briefing about the rapport between Angela Merkel and David Cameron. They're dealing with a cool-headed rationalist.
Tony Blair's reported words of comfort and advice to Rebekah Brooks just as the News of the World had been accused of hacking into Millie Dowler's phone will make some feel pretty squeamish.
Jose Manuel Barroso thinks copy-cat separatist movements infused with hope by a successful Scottish independence campaign could take off and threaten the entire EU project.
Mr Osborne has suddenly gone a lot further than he did as recently as last April when he said of a sterling currency union; "frankly it's unlikely." Now he is completely ruling it out, what changed?
There was talk before the floods that Eric Pickles might be a marked man in the reshuffle expected after the elections in May. It's hard to imagine he's helped his chances in the last day or so.
Tonight Ed Miliband will make a speech arguing that the Blairite push for competition, the big market approach continued by the coalition, has reached the end of its productive life.
There are extraordinary numbers of Tory MPs, not least in the 2010 intake, who tell you they couldn't care less if Scotland wandered off and it might be for the better.
Last night saw a final change to Labour's one member, one vote plans, with the threshold for MPs' nominations required before a candidate can go forward raised from 12.5 per cent.
Once a Blair-loving Tory and Lib Dem fan, Michael Gove is now a zealot for traditional teaching. Is he "doing the right thing" or trying to impose on everyone an education that worked for him?