Scottish referendum will test regions south of border
It has been in place for over 400 years but it turns out the Act of Union between England and Scotland is a much looser affair than many of us had thought.
For once, the legalistic title is unexpectedly accurate: it is an act of union jointly engaged-in by two willing partners.
But what happens when one of those partners no longer consents? That could well be the outcome of the Scottish Independence Referendum on 18 September.
At the risk of over-simplification, it goes a long way towards explaining why the greatest constitutional question to face the UK for many centuries will be decided by the say-so of Scotland alone, while we in the rest of the UK have no say at all.
It takes two to tango but just one to turn off the music.
Will PCC poll be a by-election or a referendum?
If you want to demonstrate just how low turnouts in public elections are capable of plummeting, you could do no better than to plan a poll to choose a police and crime commissioner (PCC) during the dog days of summer: Thursday 21 August to be precise.
Especially in the West Midlands where the numbers in the original PCC elections in November 2012 were the second lowest anywhere in England and Wales. Just 12%of the two million people eligible to vote in the police force area actually did so. In some areas only one person in 20 took the trouble.
A local take on the growth agenda
"This is the end of the Whitehall-knows-best culture": David Cameron
When the prime minister came to Halesowen College to unveil his government's growth fund, this was his answer to my question about the real significance of these latest deals.
New local government chief Sparks debate on budget cuts
"May you live in interesting times" - Confucius?
Commonly known as the "Chinese curse" it is assumed the great man was using "interesting" as a euphemism for "chaotic" or even "disastrous".
West Midlands PCC Bob Jones dies aged 59
"The untimely death at the age of 59 of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones, has brought about the first departure from office of any of the commissioners who were elected in November 2012.
The government's big idea in triggering PCC elections was to replace the old police authorities (considered by ministers to be invisible and ineffective) with high-profile figures, who would be directly accountable to local communities.
Library campaigners throw the book at local councils
They have triggered intense storms of protest and even, in the case of Gloucestershire, been declared unlawful in the High Court.
The Commons Culture Media and Sport Select Committee reported some had been implemented with insufficient regard for the needs of local communities.
Coventry shows dangers of mixing sport and politics
For proof if ever you needed it of just how toxic mixing sport with politics can be, come to Coventry.
As World Cup fever grips the land, anyone arriving in the city could be forgiven for thinking it's the most football crazy place on Earth.
Trojan Horse: What have we learnt?
"What on earth is going on in Birmingham?" asked one of my BBC Westminster colleagues on my first visit to SW1 after the Whit Recess.
I suggested Birmingham, one of the most diverse and youngest cities in Europe, "the Britain of tomorrow", may simply be experiencing the leading edge of an issue which is not unique to this city and could well be played out elsewhere.
How will UKIP's sums add up in the Midlands?
As Parliament returns after a Whit Recess consumed by pre, post and future-election fever, what are we in the Midlands to make of UKIP's showing in polls which produced no changes of party control whatsoever in any of our 18 local authorities?
Having promised "a political earthquake", Nigel Farage finds the surface landscape of local government in this region remains undisturbed.
Midlands councils point towards the general election
Why, when and where?
Q: Why aren't we having our local elections as usual on the first Thursday in May?
A: It's hoped that by synchronising them with the European Elections, money will be saved and turnouts raised.