The age of falling in cheeks may soon be over

You know when stem cells start to provide solutions to our clinical problems. The latest breakthrough is the ability to grow a tooth in situ removing the need for dental implants or fillings. I will not wax gratis on this but one of the joys of my old age is, hopefully, a full set of teeth.

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Will the defector muscle awaken?

Some Liberal Democrats did attend the Labour conference. They had form in opposing the coalition and contributed to sessions on potential alliances between the second and third forces in British politics. John Leech, a left-wing Liberal Democrat was quick to endorse future political pacts with the Labour party.

He said: "I wasn't sure if I was going to come tonight without my tin hat.

"In the north west, we have a level of hostility between Labour and Lib Dems that would make it impossible."

But Leech admitted that there was more common ground between the two parties than acknowledged by activists.

What does it say about outliers like Leech that they endorse a left-wing pact despite the antipathy of their own activists. Such sentiments sound like a precursor to defection.

What surprises me is the lack of movement despite the fertile grounds for swaps in personnel that political pacts and coalition government provides. Three disaffected jasminlive communities are evident: Blairite MPs (after the election of optimistically optical illusionist, Red Ed), left-wing Liberal Democrats gravitating towards public sector interest groups and those Tories who may occasionally be mistaken for conservatives. With Labour's shift towards the trade unions, broad churches may become fissiparous and sectarian.

Red Labour revived?

A concerted union effort has placed Ed Miliband in the driving seat of Labour, defeating his brother and swinging the opposition party towards the Left. Cue the shrill stereotypes of extremism, a 'lurch to the left' and generational unelectability. Predictions that rely upon the assumptions that the British electorate enjoy innate sage advice and that the coalition will remain a viable option for both parties.

Only with his speech as new leader to the party will we see how far 'Red Ed' remains wedded to the promises that he made on the campaign trail. He has already maintained that he is not a pawn of the unions, despite their all-out support on his behalf. The prospects are not good: a combination of anti-Blairite rhetoric ("New Labour is dead") and a continuation of Brownonomics, deficit denial and the reactionary defence of unreformed public services remain the hallmark of Labour's arrogance. As the live jasmin author of their manifesto, Ed Miliband, more than most, is responsible for opposition. Yet, the statements remain a mantra: spending cuts bad, public spending good.

Within a few years, this mantra will appear as outdated as Thatcherism was by 1997. All political culture changes and, unless salvaged by crisis, Labour will be playing catch up, since the springs of renewal do not appear to command the opposition front bench. But politics can surprise....

LDs retreat to puerile comforts after the cold bath of power

The Liberal Democrats never really prepared for government. The vault into power has come at the expense of discipline or compromise. Yet, while one can understand the wishes of the grass roots to let off steam, is it legitimate to view this as providing direction for members of the Cabinet? Are the Liberal Democrats so appalled by power that they wish to disavow any further opportunity?

How are companies in China, India, the United States and elsewhere to respond as they weigh up investment prospects here and learn that the Business Secretary appears to be anti-business? Mr Cable is being self-indulgent. He said yesterday that the Coalition has to work if the economic mess Labour left behind is to be cleared up. He is right. It is time he stopped undermining it.

The Liberal Democrats could have used their Chaturbaterooms.com conference as a showboat for independence and radicalism; perhaps outflanking the Coalition on some of their disappointments and highlighting their disillusionment with the incipient signs of bureaucratic capture. Instead, we have dogwhistles to interest groups that have already abandoned them.

Perhaps next year, the cuts and Labour hypocrisy will concentrate minds. Then, you can persuade one of your own: Danny Alexander

But Alexander said the coalition was determined to carry out its deficit reduction plans over the course of the parliament, which is due to have a fixed five-year term.

"The Liberal Democrats and the coalition are totally committed to seeing this process through over the next five years," he said.

Greenest Greatest Green Deal ever in the world ever

Chris Huhne's speech at the Liberal Democrat conference is reported as a fall from innocence by the Grauniad rag. The tests for the speech are considered to be the green lobby, the previous statements of Huhne (before the compromise of coalition) and how far ideals are abandoned before the

Tory beast and the Treasury's ravenous appetite for cuts.

It is rare that we can read analysis masquerading as sentiment. The opposite: shallow wallowing of faux indignation by sanctimonious hypocrites more guilty of contempt than any politician. The better test of a politician rests upon how far their policies can deal with the real; an awareness of their own impotence, and a modest acceptance that the actions of millions obtain a better outcome than the decision of one. Alas, Huhne has stood up and claimed unemployment benefit: his policies will create jobs, supposedly...

The "green deal" will lead to thousands of workers modernising some 26 million homes to make them more energy efficient as part of the coalition's ambition to be the "greenest government ever".

When I sit back, I think of what will actually be achieved: hundreds of workers will obtain a heavily subsidised position and will manage to reduce the energy efficiency of the British home through incompetence and waste.

Still, if we had hyperinflation, we could burn the notes and lots of accompanying statutory instruments.