In England two cities define its historical intellect and culture like no other: Oxford and Cambridge. The latter, home to the University of Cambridge ordained in 1209, has received scientists, literary figures, politicians and royalty for centuries (including Charles Darwin, Lord Byron, William Pitt and the current Prince of Wales).
The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.
What needs to happen, as with any dysfunctional family, is more conversation, and a bit less grumpy-teenager-grunting from both sides. Those women who identify as feminists need to avoid being dismissive of those who don't. It's time to realise that a lack of engagement is often to do with your failures, not theirs.
It must take some time to get up to speed, from a standing start, with a hatred that has been cultivated over generations. A foreigner, for example, could not turn up in Gaza and expect to experience immediately the ingrained enmity - passed down from parents to children, marinated in an entire culture - a Palestinian feels for an Israeli, no matter how many books he'd read.
The Guardian recently published an article titled 'Rape culture at university needs urgent action' which opened with the author, a Cambridge fresher, describing various dreadful incidents her friends had experienced at university, namely drink spiking, sexual assault, and most tragically, rape. So far, so fair...
If ever there is a company representing the most abhorrent and vile aspects of modern Britain, Wonga is surely it. Today, I make the case for taking the fight to payday loans companies which represent the financial sector at its very worst. The time has come, I argue, for a state-run alternative to Wonga.