January can be a quiet month for news but that has certainly not been the case this week.
And with a general election in sight, our politicians have hit the ground running following the Christmas break.
Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor and columnist for The Independent, discusses the week in Westminster.
Terror threat to the UK
Suggestions have been made that Home Secretary Theresa May should have heightened the security threat level in the UK following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, said Oli.
Britain’s security level is severe.
He also explains issues of civil liberty and combating terrorism.
David Cameron demands Green party must be part of TV debates
Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Green Party must be a part of any TV debates in the run up to the general election.
But Oli said he is cynical about the move and believes Mr Cameron’s advisors would prefer if he didn’t take part in TV debates.