Ignore the haters - I know it can be tough when the crowd is baying as you make your way to conference today. But know this: the vast majority in this country think like I do. We are not huge political animals, and neither are we intellectual greats. We do however respect those who put themselves in office for a cause; we believe in a healthy economy to look after our most vulnerable and we believe that for too long, an entire generation had a better time living off the dole than those of us who bothered to get a job to feed our young families. It's been an inspiring conference. And I look forward to coming back for many years to come.
In her address to the Conservative Party Conference, Theresa May portrayed immigration as almost exclusively negative. It was yet another example of the Home Secretary turning away the world's best and brightest, putting internal party politics ahead of the country, and helping our competitor economies instead of our own. Lambasting her own record in office, she claimed there was "no case, in the national interest" for the immigration figures she has presided over.
What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this.
A pivotal test for the Northern Powerhouse will be whether all of Osborne's supply side measures can deliver on his promise. If they do, Osborne will be praised for a series of bold decisions. If they don't, he may need to consider how far he is willing to go in order to meet his rhetoric.
In Europe, there are attempts to remove even the humanitarian framing - identifying hundreds of thousands of people as migrants who simply want to come to take our jobs, rather than as those who are in desperate need of protection and other assistance. This is a dramatic failure of responsibility at all levels of political leadership.
When I first saw Demi Lovato's Vanity Fair cover this weekend, I applauded her. As a woman who has battled body confidence issues for most of her life and has spoken extensively about her eating disorder, Lovato has finally made peace with her appearance, celebrating with a naked, un-retouched photoshoot.
As an alternative plot twist, how about the following? Matt Damon, whilst stranded on Mars, works out how much his rescue mission will cost. In a moment of enlightened self-sacrifice he realises that thousands of lives on Earth could be saved for the cost of saving him.
Hunt is setting himself against the most essential element of our health organisation: its people. They are on the edge, and they deserve nothing but respect.
I decided it was time to go phone-free and enter a digital detox rehab retreat. I was going for a Five News 'story'. In truth, from the enthusiasm my editor, Cristina, sent me out the door with, it was clear she thought I was desperately in need of going cold turkey.
Miscarriage is a personal experience. People share feelings, of course they do, but I don't want an identikit card on my bookcase from my next door neighbour after losing Bella at six months to the next woman from her mum on losing her baby at six weeks.
Joining a mums' group is a great idea. Those first meetings can be a little awkward, though, with everyone trying to be as nice as possible while secretly trying to work out who will be your future drinking buddy and who will be the person you end up having that tedious chat about John Lewis muslin square.
People put my bad behaviour down to the fact that I was a new mum and being a new mum can make you a bit bonkers. But the truth is, being a germaphobe is something I struggle with daily. For example, I will never, ever let you take a sip from my water bottle (as if!) and if you offer me your hand to shake, there's a good chance I won't take it.
Last week, Jeremy Corbyn called for a kinder, gentler politics. I don't know if the man who spat at me is a Labour supporter. I don't know if he votes. I'm probably safe to assume he isn't a backer of David Cameron. But I do know there is a nastiness in the air which there hasn't been for many years. I'm not asking for Corbyn to come out and condemn what happened because he is somehow responsible - he is not. But I do think some of those responsible for getting people fired up need to think very carefully about the language they use, and the message they send out.
It's an easy answer and wholly unsatisfactory. Democratic America is what it chooses to be, but the issue is so aged, politicised and now polarised that banning guns is not only impossible, it would likely do little to stop the type of bloodshed witnessed last week in Roseburg.
By focusing on the scientific facts, the initiative misses an essential point - that information is only one factor - and generally a weak one - in influencing thoughts and convictions. It is the accompanying rhetoric - the skillful exploitation of language - that shapes the messages received and drives audience reaction.
This evil puppy trade is both cunning and sophisticated - knowing exactly how to manipulate public emotion, con local authorities and even forge documentation. It doesn't matter what your background or education is either - as long as you're prepared to part with your money you're fair game.
On Saturday night, in front of our very eyes, a nightmare unfolded as Australia pushed England aside with ruthless precision and condemned the hosts to being surplus to requirements in their own tournament.
As a trans person going to the toilet in public is scary. I used to get really anxious, which made me need to go even more. I used to go the whole day holding it in just out of fear. Many trans people face violence and ridicule when they go to the toilet of their gender.
Gentrification is not simply about gimmicky shops and cafes. It's about anger at being excluded on grounds of wealth. It's about the people being forced to move and the ones valiantly trying to stay put despite the pressure to leave. It's about the inclusive social and communal spaces that have gone, not the exclusive ones that have sprung up.
The Miami Dolphins played the New York Jets at Wembley this Sunday. Far from the best matchup in the NFL's International Series so far, the Dolphins looked toothless for the duration, despite the Jets' best efforts to give away the game in the closing minutes. Both teams now head back across the Atlantic for a well-earned week off. In the mean time, here's what we learned from the game.
Sex education? Easy. Simple facts. No need to go into details of who has to sleep in the damp patch. Just cold, hard facts. But I don't have to think about this right now. My eldest is five. She won't ask about the birds and bees for at least another two years.
The Husband makes his way, slowly and creakily up the stairs, pops his head in and sees there is no space in the bed (I am sure that he welcomed that sight) with me in a strange yoga-like position across the middle due to the baby being attached to the boob and the toddler requiring my hair as a comfort blanket.