If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
Kent County Council holds its annual budget meeting on Thursday (13) - an important meeting because it will decide if there should be an increase in the council tax for the first time in four years.
County councillors will also vote on an £82m package of cost-cutting measures - cuts - including changes to the school Freedom Pass.
These set piece meetings can be reminiscent of the yah-boo politics of Prime Minister's Questions and there is always a lot - actually rather too much - of point scoring.