AMID the condolences pouring in for the bereaved and homeless of New Orleans, a hint of vindication can be detected from corners of Europe. America, it is being whispered, is paying the price for climate change.
FOR the dwindling band of people willing to admit they supported the Iraq war, there are increasingly few straws to cling to. We can argue that a dictatorship has fallen, that Iraq has a new constitution and troops will soon withdraw.
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NEWSPAPERS have an excuse for the "silly season" - the Home Office does not. Yet in the last fortnight more nonsense has emerged about terror laws than the media could ever have concocted.
ANYONE who lived through the drama of the Seventies oil crises would have good reason to be alarmed at reports of crude-oil prices reaching new records. Three decades on, could we be facing world recession again?
THE Last Night of the Proms will this year take on special poignancy. It's the only non-sporting arena for British nationalism: an arena for people to sing about empire, wave the Union Flag and be unashamedly patriotic.
GORDON BROWN is not a betting man, but if he popped into Ladbrokes this summer he would get a shock. It has opened a book on Tony Blair fighting a fourth general election, and staying on as Prime Minister well into the next decade.
TONY Blair heads off on holiday this week as a prime minister whose personal fortunes have been recharged by tragedy. His approval rating has jumped five points to 44 per cent - but this honeymoon may not last longer than his summer vacation.
THE Kyoto Protocol? That was so last century. Even the Japanese, who founded it, have moved on to the next big thing. The plastic wristbands aren't yet printed, but the new logo is complete: growth is green.
THE IRA first announced a ceasefire in 1994: it struck London the year after. Tony Blair told us about a "hand of history" peace settlement five years ago: why should we believe him now?
A NEW spirit of consensus is descending on Westminster. The three party leaders who held talks in 10 Downing Street yesterday agreed on new terror laws - but this was more than just a reflexive response to the London attacks.
THE VOICE of Muslim Britain seems almost provocative in the opinion sampled so far. A quarter claim some sympathy with the "feelings and motives" of those who carried out the attacks, and 6% consider the July 7 attacks justified.
LAST summer, the American government published a national bestseller. "The day dawned temperate and nearly cloudless in the eastern United States," it began - telling the story of 11 September, 2001.
TONY BLAIR faces two enemies in his new war against British terrorism: the seed of jihad, and the fertile ground on which it is sown. The last mission of his premiership will be finding policies to neutralise both.
HOW could three boys from Yorkshire have become suicide bombers? As police laid out their grim conclusions yesterday, it seems the extremists were homegrown and laid on a suicide attack. Suddenly, this is a very British problem.
FEW democratic leaders have achieved genuine worldwide stature. From America we have seen Kennedy and Roosevelt: from Britain, Churchill and Thatcher. But to that list, we must now add Tony Blair.
EIGHT MEN IN A ROOM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. That was the slogan projected above the stage in Hyde Park at the Live 8 concert - but for the eight men dining with the Queen at Gleneagles Hotel this evening, the political realities are cruelly different.
GENEVA would make a perfect weekend break for the Prime Minister. Its waters are just the right swimming temperature, and the Swiss newspapers are on-message. Le Temps, one of its main titles, was last Friday proclaiming "Tony Blair: King of the World." Well he is, after all, chairing both the G8 and the European Union. At home his authority is recharged by a UK election victory - while Jacques Chirac is on the ropes in France and Gerhard Schroeder is facing election defeat in Germany.
WHEN the history of G8 meetings is written, the Gleneagles summit will deserve its own chapter. Little matter if there is no progress inside the electric fence: an incredible event is happening outside. Never has a protest been so successfully tamed by the government.
SHARKS were not on Sir Bob Geldolf's radar when he invited the world to Scotland for the G8 summit. But they are swimming north anyway, we learnt last week, as refugees from the global warming which makes England's water too hot.
THE CHAOS is delicious. European Union leaders meeting this week are in stalemate, Gerhard Schroder will soon be thrown out by German voters, Poland is growing cold on the Euro and Italy is talking about bringing back the Lira.
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