With you as the front runner and likely successor to Clegg as Liberal Democrat Leader, I feel I ought to express some thoughts and make some points to consider moving forward after the party's decimation at the election.
In the weeks before the general election I echoed a number of other commentators (and some of the more realistic senior Labour figures) who predicted ...
Dear Conservative Voter, Hello. Congratulations on the party you voted for winning the General Election. You must be pleased. You are probably also aware that a lot of people aren't so pleased. Roughly four fifths of the electorate didn't vote Conservative including, to be fair, a lot who didn't vote at all...
This is a dessert that I started eating on 8 May, and will continue to stuff my face with every day for the next five years. Whether you're ordering it at a restaurant or making it for a dinner party, It's such an indulgent, quick and simple recipe that can be whipped up and ready to eat before you realise your human rights have disappeared.
While the Chancellor is going to be tied up for at least the next six months conducting a spending review and beginning a renegotiation with the EU Commission, the task of ensuring the economy continues to expand will largely fall to the new business secretary. That, rather than changing the law on strike ballots, will be the biggest issue in Sajid Javid's inbox...
I didn't vote for one simple reason, I have looked in to the systems that our species use and they are outdated, antiquated and have died a long time ago. We are now living off its ashes and no politician is looking to address this.
Have you heard about TTIP yet? It's been in the works for a couple years now, but it doesn't make the headlines very often. But now that this silly election is over and done with, chances are we're going to start hearing a lot more about it.
People in favour of reform can't agree and thus anti-reformists have the upper hand. Despite this, I still believe that we need to have open debates about the future of our electoral system and that we need to look in to ways of altering it to make it more representative. While simple country-wide PR is not the answer, neither is rejecting reform altogether.
A week has passed since the day of the General Election, and while we are surely used to bad losers (and winners) after any democratic event in the country, the tone of the Far (and increasingly non-Far) Left in this case is in many ways terrifying, but ultimately shows the true colours of certain sections of the Left today: namely blind hatred; classist contempt; and fervent anti-democracy.
As this government takes its first tentative steps into the light, like a cute little faun that believes in cackhanded anti-constitutional remedies to specific problems, it has made its first priority clear. Getting all the stuff the Lib Dems stopped back in motion again.
The new Conservative government is hard at work cobbling together the catalogue of demands it soon must make on the European Union... Here are nine tips to the Conservatives which, given the level of ignorance in London about how the EU works, may be helpful.
With the election of a fresh Conservative government what better time to re-write, what those on the continent call, the 'Human Rights Act'. I don't know about you, but there is no one I trust more than the party that has, in the past 5 years, marched over 900,000 adults and children to food banks, to create an independent 'British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities'. I mean, nothing says 'dignity for all' like relying on the generosity of others to feed your children.
As I listened to David Miliband dissect his brother's failures on the news in a eulogy written to offend the faithful, I found myself squawking, 'he's not dead David, he's only in Ibiza!' But politically dead Ed is; the headstone he commissioned foretold it.
Pulling out of this international treaty would be devastating for our international reputation, and although it is unclear what would actually be done under the current plans, it is likely that replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights would significantly reduce the scope of our basic civil liberties.
Make no mistake. The Conservatives strike plans are the most aggressive assault on basic labour rights anywhere in the developed world and will impact on union and non-union members alike. It is essential that all fair-minded democrats fight them.
I know that you are only a human being just like I am and I hope that my words might reach you and make a difference. A huge part of your focus is on money and the economy and I understand how important this is, the recession was devastating. However, there is something much more important than money and that is human suffering...