The announcement last Friday that Doncaster Council will not close the 14 libraries under threat for twelve months was greeted with celebration. Had the council finally given way to public pressure and opinion?
Iraq and Afghanistan taught me that I could weep at the suffering of people I'd had never met but until the Egyptian Revolution I did not know that I could dance in the street to celebrate something happening on the other side of the world.
Labour has increased its majority in Oldham East and Saddleworth. Yesterday's by-election saw the party comfortably see off the Lib Dem challenge, taking 14,718 votes compared to the Lib Dem candidate's 11,160 votes. This can safely be interpreted as what pundits call "a bloody nose" for the coalition government.