Enron has had repercussions across the globe. In Dabhol, India, where the company's bullying tactics led to its being criticised by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, I imagine the odd bitter laugh was heard.
What a shambles "homeland security" is becoming here.
The things people will do in politics.
Here I am in Florida, for the second year running, for the American tradition of the "spring break". I never dreamed I would become so Americanised.
Those F-16s I keep going on about (they really do keep me awake at night, I promise) are going to stop their constant patrolling over seven US cities, which has so far cost half a billion dollars. But they will continue over Washington.
Readers may have noticed that, in this column two weeks ago, I offered £4,320 to anyone who would assassinate George Bush. These comments were picked up by the American embassy, which telephoned the New Statesman offices to complain and threaten unspecified redress.
I dislike publicly having to take a colleague to task, but I was dismayed a fortnight ago when the New Statesman columnist Mark Thomas called for the killing of President Bush.
I spent the last few days of my visit to Trinidad in a small and well-appointed flat among the middle classes. The caste that rules the country accommodated me effortlessly.
First, my weekly war bulletin. Three weeks after 11 September, I mentioned that there were sotto voce whispers in Washington power circles that George Dubbya was simply not up to the job; now, increasingly, those voices, hitherto silent in public, are being heard.
Fed up with the wave of anti-Europeanism sweeping Washington, I took myself off to a Saturday night party: it was what Washingtonians like to call an "A-list" event, of the kind where you have to search desperately for a face you do not recognise.