I had my first live political encounter for years the other day. It was, on almost every level, deeply unsatisfactory; for that, I have to take my sha...
Once again a (barely) ruling Conservative party looks set to self-implode over arguments about Britain's role in the EU.
Domestic violence has long been a hidden issue, not central to political debate, muddled by misplaced shame and a response by the media and even frontline services which far too often disbelieves and blames the victim. The public are now realising we can't go on tolerating a situation in which an average of two women a week are killed by their current or former partner.
No-one is short on an opinion about Ed Miliband and the way that he is leading the Labour Party. After the media storm at the weekend about a plot to oust him, things have gone quieter but the media are still desperate to see leadership blood...
For Cameron to say, in response to the Wanless report, "It is important that it says that there wasn't a cover-up. Some of the people who've been looking for conspiracy theories will have to look elsewhere" seems astonishingly callous and shows little respect for survivors.
Let's face it - politics is not exciting anymore. In fact it's rather depressing. Look across the political spectrum and you'll find a mass of faceless politicians whose inspiration is derived from focus groups and lobbyists. They stand for winning elections and little else; perhaps why it's hard to discern what ideological substance each party consists of.
Today's announcement on new road building from the Prime Minister is further confirmation that this government is driving us into an economic, social and environmental cul-de-sac.
From today people will get the opportunity to sign up when they visit the Oyster Online or Contactless pages on the TfL website. If we can make sure that as many people as possible know how to register and we make it easily accessible to them in their everyday lives we really will be able to make a real difference and save lives.
My Right Honourable Friend the home secretary has quite rightly warned that abandoning the Arrest Warrant would undermine the fight against crime and risk turning Britain into a haven for fugitives. I hope the whole House on Monday will vote on the pragmatic grounds of public safety rather than playing politics.
As I have detailed previously to my loyal and widespread following, my loyalties to the once proud and unbowed David Cameron have taken a turn for the faltering, since I became au fait with the silver fox, and silver tongued, plain speaker Nigel Farage...
Until we, as a society, change, not just the way we act but, the way we think, the disenchanted will have nowhere else to go but #MillionMaskMarch and Russell Brand - too culturally and intellectually blinkered to see that revolution may be the method, but it is never the solution.
The Conservative party must not become a Ukip proxy. We cannot as a centre-right party be drawn into the hubris and hysteria of populism that demands total withdrawal from Europe while ignoring the obvious dangers of such action and spurning the opportunity for reform that lies ahead of us.
The notion that men should fear the end of sexism is as absurd and repellent as the notion that white people should fear the end of racism, or straight people should fear the end of homophobia. But should David Cameron fear feminism? Well probably yes.
The rarity of these new, liberal democratic nations is illustrated by the speculation in the media and elsewhere that a newly independent Scotland would have a lot to learn from three-year-old South Sudan. The inference is clear: Establishing a fully functional government and the apparatus of the state is a phenomenally difficult task.
Climate change demands a collective response. We can't expect other countries to act if we don't. And as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act; time is not on our side."
There is a general consensus that politics needs to have more transparency, integrity and accountability. Further devolution will be welcomed as regions would be able to allocate money where they think it is most needed. There will also be opportunities for more people to get involved in politics at a local level.