Humans have a remarkable ability to recover from terrible events. Occasionally you look back at difficult periods of your life - the tail-end of a bad relationship, the death of a loved one - and wonder how on earth you got through it.
Let's hope we get to do that about now. Over in the States, Americans are still basking in the sense of hope and momentum which Barack Obama's election triggered. In power for months now, he remains popular and sensible, and it feels as if the country is entering a new age.
The UK could not be more different. At the moment it's hard to see the light. There is no party untainted by the scandal (although, to be fair, Lib Dem claims pale into insignificance next to Labour and Conservative excesses). There is no individual to turn to. Sure, some MPs have a spotless record, but parliament's attempt to seal itself off from the Freedom of Information Act earlier this year - in a backbench bill supported by the government and the Speaker - have confirmed aRead More »from The death of British politics