WW1: The war to end all wars? What our MPs thought
So just imagine what it must have been like 100 years ago, as the prime minister of the day Herbert Asquith faced the prospect of Britain at war with Germany.
HH Asquith was prime minister of a coalition government in 1914. Sound familiar?
He led a Liberal government in coalition with the Irish Parliamentary Party. The Conservatives and their leader Andrew Bonar Law were the main opposition.
There was an economic and banking crisis. There was pressure for devolution and independence - not for Scotland, the issue was home rule for Ireland.
Remember also that Dublin not Birmingham was Britain's second city then. And our MPs were more concerned about the prospect of civil war in Ireland, than the drum beat to war in continental Europe.
East Midlands councils warn on migrant pressures
Wholesale changes to how local councils cope with an influx of foreign migrants coming into the East Midlands are being urged in a new report.
It wants more funding to help migrants return to their country of origin and more English language classes for migrants. It also warns of increasing racial prejudice.
Cities will lose out without new powers, warns leader
Gleaming in brass and polished tiles, the Abbey pumping station in Leicester is one of those tucked away Victorian gems.
It was the brainchild of civic leaders who wanted clean, safe water pumped throughout a growing city. It's also a reminder of the powers once enjoyed by political leaders in our big English cities.
Tories relish victory over UKIP in Newark by-election
So it's a moment to savour for the Conservatives in Newark.
Their candidate Robert Jenrick, an auction house director, hammered home 17,431 votes to win the seat… and in some style.
Newark by-election test for Tories - can they hold on?
You can always tell when parliamentary candidates start to get a bit weary.
The smile is switched on but the eyes are in pause mode.
UKIP tops Euro poll in East Midlands
So UKIP can celebrate. They return two MEPs. That was expected.
What was not expected was a particularly strong performance by the Conservatives who also sent two MEPs to the European Parliament. That will particularly please the Prime Minister with a crucial parliamentary by-election in Newark around the corner.
Elections 2014: East Midlands Euro elections count task
When the voting for the European Parliamentary elections is over, spare a thought for David Cook.
He is the senior council boss with the responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of the ballot and the count in the East Midlands.
Parties set to battle over Newark by-election contest
The Nottinghamshire market town of Newark is no stranger to hand-to-hand political battles.
King John died in its walled castle. Was it a political killing? In the Civil War, the Royalists came a cropper at the hands of the parliamentarians.
Euro elections: Bringing Brussels closer to home?
With a replica of Manneken Pis on the outside and a Tintin lookalike inside, it's hard to believe that Café Bruxelles is actually in the heart of Leicester city centre.
Just chat to the bar staff and you soon get a flavour of the very British ambivalence towards Brussels as the heart of the European Union.
Why devolution to England's cities is a Game of Thrones
It was like a Game of Thrones moment.
But rather than a warning of the dread dark winter, this had a real political touch: "Devolution is coming."