I couldn't help but feel a little odd as I watched Geoff Hoon announce the deployment of Black Watch troops to central Iraq on TV last night. A very sad, strange feeling that this was the end for Tony Blair, and good god what or who was going to come next. I would guess the best we could hope for would be a coalition, but it's difficult to see the Libddems, Scottish Nationalists or Plaid Cymru weighing anchor with either ship of fools. Meanwhile in America, votes are waiting to be cast. Can it be too cold for snow? 'Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl, two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl'