The McCanns’ tragedy strikes a chord with many because it represents, in ghastly form, the collapse of public meaning in so many lives.
If the Blair decade has any defence, it is in the twin claims to running a prosperous economy and to have introduced a range of concrete policies that improved everyday life. But what of the social policy?
The fact is that, under Tony Blair, Labour cut all ties not only with anything resembling democratic socialism, but also with social democracy, and even the most centrist notion of a left. That is the Blair decade.
Two things happened in Iraq in the last 48 hours to indicate that the conflict in the country is entering yet another new phase, writes Guy Rundle.
So it is that every year, our shaman gather in Canberra. Like priests before a ritual they are sealed off from the profane world in a special retreat (‘the lock-up’) and bonded together in a sacred pact, which sets them off as a distinct group against the rest of their people.
Leaving aside the charm of a franchise where actual votes can still be subject to the elements, the combination of a chaotic process and the absence of a party with anything amounting to a majority may mean that the election will have to be held again -- either court-ordered, or in 28 days’ time, if no clear first minister and government has emerged.
Hew Griffiths -- an alleged software pirate extradited to the US in February -- is a victim of America's unilateral extension of its sovereignty into every territory of the world, and the Australian Government's supine willingness to acquiesce.
It would be difficult to overemphasise the degree to which the Scottish election result has sent UK politics skidding on its ear. In the final wash-up, the Scottish National Party won 47 seats to Labour’s 46 in the 129-seat Scottish parliament, the Lib Dems 17, the Conservatives 16, the Greens 2, Independents 1.
Does the the Coalition really want to establish the principle that childless, single people can have no role in the discussion or formation of our policies and attitudes to family, education, birth technologies etc etc?
Well it doesn’t get more heart-stopping than the last four frames of the Ronnie O’Sullivan v Neal "Melbourne machine" Robertson death match at the Sheffield Crucible World Snooker championships on Monday.