Some debates are marked toxic from the start.
Nick Clegg has accused the former chancellor George Osborne of casually cutting the benefits of the poorest people in society because he believed taking the austerity axe to welfare would boost Conservative popularity.
Theresa May could face a diplomatic row with China at the G20 summit as she arrives for her first meeting with Xi Jinping, without having approved Beijing’s involvement in UK nuclear projects.
Tony Blair has claimed Britain could remain in the European Union, despite the referendum result in favour of Brexit, if public opinion shifts in the next few years.
As Nicola Sturgeon launches her renewed drive to build support for Scottish independence, the frontrunner to be her party deputy, Angus Robertson, has urged members to “get out and speak to voters again”.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for all-female shortlists to achieve equal representation in parliament and wants to aim for the same in public offices, as part of a series of wide-ranging measures to address the under-representation of women in public life.
The chancellor was a remain campaigner, although someone who had been seen as a Eurosceptic.
It is the dog end of August and the sun is shining in many places. A cue for all sorts of predatory people in the thriving British holiday trades to rip off customers who don’t always have a choice and feel ambushed.
The work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, has said the government’s benefits cap, which will be lowered from Monday, costing almost 90,000 of Britain’s poorest families more than £2,000 a year, is a “real success”.
Christian Wolmar, Labour’s candidate to face Zac Goldsmith in the Richmond Park byelection, has said he would vote against a Brexit bill in the House of Commons if he became an MP.