The significance of Angela Merkel visit
The chancellor of the most powerful country in Europe is in London.
Germany's Angela Merkel is addressing a joint meeting of parliament, having tea with the Queen and being buttered up by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
He wants to keep her sweet because she is potentially his most powerful ally in his attempts to renegotiate the UK's relationship with Europe.
I looked ahead to the visit and examined its significance for Newsnight.
Miliband plans 'one member, one vote'
Crunch time for Ed Miliband, who is on the brink of making what could be the biggest decision of his leadership so far.
At stake? Labour's complicated and intimate relationship with the trade unions. Newsnight understands he is ready to unveil his long-awaited proposals to transform it.
Labour 50p tax plan: Why are some people staying quiet?
When in the spring of 2012 George Osborne was considering jettisoning the 50p tax, I'm told some close to him were very wary of letting him go ahead.
They thought he would send out the wrong message - destroy any pretence of being "in it together", and signal the Conservatives' proximity once more to high earners and big business.
Parties battle to be seen as the consumer champion
Ever since Ed Miliband proposed a two-year freeze on energy prices, he has set himself up as something of a consumer champion.
Just last week, as he announced a radical reform to the banking system, the leader of the opposition said he wanted reform of "every broken market".
Sexual misconduct and the Liberal Democrats
You wait and you wait - as it were - and then two judicial findings into claims of sexual misconduct come at once.
In the last few minutes, Mike Hancock became the second Lib Dem to be suspended by his party in two days.
'Not 12 - but probably 10'
Much has been made already in the new year of the so-called differentiation strategy between the Tories and the Lib Dems.
The suggestion is that over the course of the next 10 months, the Lib Dems will start to redefine their own party mission - to try to claw their way back in the polls and eventually in the general election.
Welcome to my page
While Allegra Stratton is off on maternity leave, I shall be tending her other baby - the political editorship of Newsnight.
I will be leaving thoughts and asking questions here. They won't all be finished conversations or stiff set pieces - more a flavour of what I'm hearing and thinking as I go along - snippets of interviews and curiosities I come across.