I realise that that seems like an especially surprising statement given that the deficit has come down by a third, our balance of trade is improving, there are more people in work than ever before, unemployment and youth unemployment is coming down, and growth rates have surpassed expectations and are predicted - by the IMF amongst others - to continue to do so.
A weeks ago, the Huffington Post ran an article making a lot of assertions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a deal currently being negotiated between the US and the EU that could boost both economies significantly. As a member of the European Parliament's International Trade Committee, I have been observing the negotiations firsthand for the past year or so, and would like to respond to the many alarmist points made that do not reflect reality.
Maybe the Conservatives have realised that the riches offered through Jesus' love and compassion are the only viable option left open to them in seeking to fill the gap left as a result of their benefit cuts. Maybe Britain under the Conservatives will become a Christian country again...maybe I was wrong !
The Prime Minister has chosen Lanzarote for his holiday break - how very wise of him. Despite its "lanzagrotty" associations, this Canary Island is perfect for families and has loads to do.
David Cameron said when he came to power he wanted to improve people's happiness - that government policy was to be more focused on those things that make life worthwhile. To this end, the Cabinet Office has recently revealed which jobs in the UK give us the most satisfaction. Top of the list, of 274 job titles, is vicar; bottom of the list, is pub landlord. It is perhaps a surprise that these two jobs should be at opposite ends of the table given that they share many similarities: they both have dwindling regulars, both dish out wine and nibbles and if you spend a long time in either's establishment, you can think imaginary people are talking to you.
It's time politicians of all parties commit to being accurate and respectful when talking about benefits and those supported by them. It's vital they do more to understand the real lives and challenges people face by refusing to promote harmful stereotypes.
I have a very simple message for MPs after the events of the past few days: if you want to be respected, behave respectably. If you don't want us to have contempt for you, don't behave contemptibly. I mean, how difficult is it to behave like decent, law-abiding human beings? No cheating, no lying, no stealing from taxpayers... Too few MPs, it seems, have bothered to remember the old adage: Be nice to people on your way up, because you'll need them on your way down.
owever powerful the pressure to conform, to take the cheque and keep quiet, there will always be those who, moved by injustice, will speak out. But it counts for little, unless we all speak out together.
With barely a voting slip between the two main parties, honesty is going to be the subject in the minds of most of the electorate come the General Election next year. Just who do the public trust most at a time when the popularity of politicians is at an all-time low?
An irony of the Tories tying themselves in knots here is that this doesn't chime with what the voters say. Poll after poll shows a clear majority in favour of onshore wind. And the same result happens if you ask people if they would be happy to have turbines built near to them.
People today should be talking about the IMF declaring this morning that Britain's projected growth rate will be the highest in the G7. But through crass ineptitude Dave has ensured all people will be talking about today is a dodgy dealing cabinet minister and Dave's double standards. This is gold dust for Nigel Farage...
The tobacco industry, having sniffed out this opportunity, is snapping up e-cigarette companies. The latest example is Lorillard's acquisition of Skycig, giving the US based conglomerate its first major foothold in the British market.
The Miller apology has to be the shortest by a politician ever on record. And that's its deadly mistake. None of the papers were in the slightest bit interested in what was contained within it - they were just reporting its brevity.
Less than a quarter of Britons trust MPs. This worrying fact was published in an IPSOS/Mori poll in December 2013. If you polled the same people today, that figure would be below a fifth, thanks to the renewed scandal Maria Miller has brought to the Commons.
Social enterprise - sustainable businesses that exist for more than simply profit - is not a new concept, but their recent growth is. There are now 180,000 social enterprises in the UK and sector contributes at least £55bn to the economy.
For a country whose political leaders, intelligentsia, and media commentators have made a habit of pointing the finger at governments, countries, and political systems around the world, adjudging them to be corrupt and morally deficient, the scale of the hypocrisy in this regard is truly astounding.