There's only a week to go until the local elections across England, but you could be forgiven for being largely unaware of which councils are up for election and what the big issues are.
I live in an area which is holding an election on 3 May and I've only received one leaflet through my letterbox from a candidate (it was from the Green candidate) and not a single person knocking on the door campaigning.
The government is currently holding a consultation on the future of aviation policy. However, all three main political parties have ruled out the expansion of Heathrow by building a third runway.
Now Sir Richard Branson - a man who knows a bit about aviation - has added his voice to the growing chorus of business leaders calling for the government to act to tackle the lack of aviation capacity.
From eating hot-dogs together at a college basketball game to warmly toasting each other at an official state dinner at the White House, Barack Obama and David Cameron have been keen to show the strength of the "special relationship" between Britain and the US.
The leaders held two hours of talks yesterday about weighty issues including Iran, Syria and troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The NHS is often referred to as the nation's most treasured asset, and that is why plans to change it always prove controversial.
There has been growing opposition to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's reforms. Initially, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives said they were willing to work with ministers on the Bill, but last week they called for it to be scrapped.
Kent County Council has an annual budget of more than £2.2bn.
It sounds like a huge amount of money but out of that it has to provide care for the growing elderly population, as well as look after children in care and foster homes, and provide education services, waste management etc.
When Pfizer pulled the plug on its research facilities at Sandwich in Kent with the loss of thousands of jobs in February this year, local politicians and business leaders warned the knock-on effects could cost the local economy £380m.
But it also had wider consequences with critics warning that the decision by Pfizer to close its entire research and development facility in Sandwich showed the UK's pharmaceutical industry was facing long term decline.
The Chancellor George Osborne will unveil his Autumn Statement to the Commons on Tuesday in what effectively is a "mini budget".
The Chancellor will deliver his statement to Parliament against a very gloomy backdrop of economic figures from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility and from the OECD which says the economy is about to slip back into recession.
The Immigration Minister Damian Green took his place next to his boss, the Home Secretary, for the debate called by Labour on the row about the relaxation of passport controls during a pilot scheme in the summer.
The Chair of the Commons Home Affairs Committee Keith Vaz suggested yesterday that Mr Green, the MP for Ashford, has been "missing" since the row broke out.
In my last blog I wrote about why Europe has always been such a divisive issue for the Conservatives, and last night it proved to be the case again.
I was aware in the run up to the vote on whether to have a referendum on European membership that a few of the South East's MPs planned to vote for the backbench MP David Nuttall's motion and against the government.
Louise joined the BBC as a news trainee when she graduated and has held a variety of roles from TV reporter to radio and television presenter in Scotland, political reporter based at Westminster and most recently - since September 2010 - political editor for BBC South East.
Louise's career highlight was covering the last general election at Westminster.
She was the late reporter the night Gordon Brown came out of 10 Downing Street and announced he was stepping down, and when David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrived. She also covered the coalition agreement, emergency budget and has been following the spending cuts.
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