Every time I watch the news and see scenes of hundreds of thousands of protestors on the streets, I feel we are witnessing something very important. What is remarkable is that they are protesting for closer and deeper ties with the EU, their anger sparked by president Viktor Yanukovich's spurning of an association agreement with the EU last month.
This Christmas more people than ever will be relying on food banks in the UK. Despite the government's talk of a recovery, thousands of people across the country are going into the Christmas period with the grinding desperation of poverty and hunger hanging over them.
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement recently announced that increases in business rates will be capped at 2% in England, instead of being linked to inflation. Business rates were set to rise by 3.2% in 2014, based on September's Retail Prices Index measure of inflation but as a result of the cap businesses are expected to save up to £3,375.
The UK House of Lords EU Subcommittee on Economic and Financial Affairs this week came out railing against the financial transaction tax (FTT), which would place a 0.1% tax on trades in shares and a 0.01% tax on derivatives trades. George Osborne described it as "economic suicide". He is wrong. Not adopting an FTT would be economic suicide.
Free-market (neo-liberal) capitalism has been the dominant type of capitalism for the last three decades; it failed spectacularly to predict the 2008 global economic crash, the second largest economic crisis in history, after the great depression.
The significantly increased talk in recent years about how small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy has surprised me. It is as if the recessionary years suddenly made this so and they were somehow not the very same lifeblood before.
Let's be clear. Like companies, governments are employers and facilitators of employment. Unlike companies, they do not earn income. When ministers talk about tax revenue, what they mean is the money the state obliges us to contribute.
In 130 pages of the Autumn Statement the Chancellor covered, as he was right to do, every major public sector programme: but there was one significant omission. A programme which now costs 8% of GDP - the National Health Service. Apart from the commitment to ring-fencing there was no single line in the whole report dedicated to the NHS.
UK businesses are entering 2014 brimming with confidence and with growth firmly placed high up the management agenda. However, while this transition from recession to recovery is encouraging for all, businesses must resist the urge to revert to their pre-crisis way of thinking and instead learn to adapt to the new normal.
A break-up of the eurozone may be where we are headed if spending cuts take precedence over debt defaults and if the financial crisis continues to be cynically portrayed as a morality play. What the continent needs is a debt jubilee and a halt to austerity. Oh, and some solidarity. Otherwise, a second Great Depression beckons.
Despite the obvious need, the clear demand and the huge economic benefits we still fail to invest in housing. We still have the hysterical reaction of the well-heeled and well housed to the idea of new homes being built.
One of the reasons we've got so used to our car tax discs is that it shows that we've paid our bill. It's evidence that we've paid our dues, and one of many day-to-day demonstrations of transparency that we can take for granted.
The knives are out for the shadow chancellor. Again. But to call for him to be sacked on the basis of a single, bad Commons performance is absurd. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is Ed Balls, not George Osborne, who has been vindicated on the economy.
We haven't, until now, designated a particular time of the year to celebrate all that small businesses give to our communities... We'll be using Saturday 7 December - one of the busiest shopping days in the calendar to encourage people to spend their Christmas shopping money locally, not only boosting the local economy but saving on transport costs too.
Demoralised by a lack of work, the young are further demotivated by the lack of opportunity they face and the knowledge that they are part of a million-strong army of kids chasing the few openings there are with little real work experience.
Although on the outside David Cameron attempts to present the image of a Prime Minister in control, on the inside, it's a different matter. Realising that a Lib-Lab partnership may not be off the cards in 2015, the PM and his Chancellor have clearly softened to the Lib Dems of late, evident in the layout of yesterday's Autumn Statement.