On Wednesday morning, 4 February, if you are not otherwise occupied, I suggest you watch Esther McVey give evidence to the Work & Pensions Select Committee on the whole issue of sanctions. If it isn't on the BBC parliament channel it will be on the government's own parliament website. The committee has been taking evidence on the effect and workings of the sanctions regime, and they've been hearing the truth from the right people. So let's see if McVey will repeat her lie in the House of Commons that "sanctions are only used as a last resort". Even if the rather restrained Chair, Dame Anne Begg, doesn't go for her I'm sure Glenda Jackson, Sheila Gilmore and Debbie Abrahams will. Radio 4 did an excellent File on Four programme while the previous evidence sessions were going on, and the mainstream press have begun to see the light. The sad truth is, though, that nothing will come of this if a Conservative government is elected.
And that brings me to another reason why February is important. On 5 February it's National Voter Registration Day, a day of action to get people who haven't already done so to register to vote in May. Please, if you're one of those who haven't bothered, get online and sign up to register. Go to the www.bitetheballot.co.uk website and it will take you through it.
Oh, I know I'll get comments saying someone wouldn't dream of voting, for all the usual reasons. But whether you vote or not, you'll wake up on 8 May with an MP in your constituency and a government in Westminster. If you want change - and don't we all - look at Greece. Peacefully and democratically the Greek people have voted in an anti-austerity government. And now Spain looks like going the same way. It can be done. Sermon over.