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."
The Ned Stark character on this occasion was the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Labour's Alan Rhodes.
"I welcome greater devolution," he told me.
"Undoubtedly, we can find local solutions to local issues in a much more effective way than Whitehall ever could."
HS2: Transport Secretary talks railway numbers
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has a trainspotter's mind. He just loves numbers.
Speaking to business leaders in the East Midlands, he sprayed his audience with big, impressive numbers to win over any HS2 doubters.
Chancellor keen to talk up East Midlands manufacturing
My theory about George Osborne? He must have had a jumbo-sized train set when he was young. Trains, tracks, widgets and washers: it can be the stuff of dreams.
Whenever I've interviewed him, he smiles and shines at the mention of manufacturing. Little wonder he enjoys his away-days in the Midlands, both East and West.
Minister rejects quotas to raise region's voice in Lords
A government minister has ruled out special quotas to increase the low representation of the East Midlands in the House of Lords.
But Baroness Sandip Verma of Leicester, says the region needs to speak up louder so its voice can be heard.
Heat on chancellor after warm homes cash cuts
Are the Coalition's green credentials starting to slip?
The question's being asked after an ambitious scheme to insulate homes on one of England's biggest housing estates was stopped in its tracks.
Children in care soar as councils seek more foster parents
In all the news coverage of councils struggling with budget cuts, it's easy to overlook some big increases in funding.
Resources are being shifted into two key care services: adult care and child protection.
Survey shows East Midlands under-represented in Lords
The four-and-a-half million people of the East Midlands can be a pretty raucous and noisy lot.
But in Parliament's second chamber, there's an almost deafening silence. And that's probably because a new survey reveals the region's voice is going unheard in the House of Lords.
Cuts crisis forces radical new thinking for councils
Filming for Sunday Politics gave me the opportunity to head to the very top of the East Midlands. I was climbing Beacon Hill near Loughborough in Leicestershire.
It's from here you get a great view of the counties that make up the East Midlands. Politically, it's also a good vantage point to get a bigger picture of how the local government make-up of our counties could change.
Flooding: New law proposed to keep drains clear
Politics is about timing and a back-bench Conservative MP might just be in luck.
Before the current flooding crisis, the Nottinghamshire constituency of Sherwood MP Mark Spencer had been affected by a series of flash floods last year.