For me this budget got it wrong on the start up front by ignoring the value start-ups bring to our economy and doing nothing for them. We may not realise the impact of this up to the election, which is perhaps what the chancellor is counting on, but it's clearly not in our country's long term interest. A budget for 'doers'? I don't think so!
In his beautiful memoir of his late father Blake Morrison asks the question, 'and when did you last see your father?'... Similarly I ask myself when was it I stopped believing I was British? Because believe me it's been a while since I felt that way.
It's time to turn Wordsworth on his head - in 2014 Britain it is not "very heaven" to be young; rather, it is the precise opposite. If you were careless enough to have been born in the 80s, 90s or 00s, well, tough. The likelihood is that you're going to end up worse off than your parents.
Last week we were treated to the re-launch of the aptly named 'European Mainstream', a new campaign group for Tory MPs who are so passionate about the EU that they want to remain in, even if Mr Cameron fails to return any powers from Brussels.
The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.
Nick Clegg's timely recent intervention on the failures of the global war on drugs, and advocacy of an alternative strategy, is an important call to arms that other political leaders should heed.
Immigrants come here because they want to contribute to our society. They tend to fill a skills gap rather than simply replace British workers... Nevertheless, it is understandable why there has been a public outcry on immigration. The last government lost control over our borders and immigration rose exponentially compared to previous years.
Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the Nick vs Nigel clash over Europe, Ed Miliband's 'weirdness' and Kermit the Frog's opposition to Scottish independence? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.
We know that domestic violence is one of the major threats to women's health and well-being. Women between 15-44 are more at risk from domestic violence than they are from cancer. Two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner. Yet while reports of domestic violence have risen under this government, 13% fewer cases are being passed by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service for decisions on charging.
Our increasing distance from politicians is justified because true vulnerability, the very emotion that makes us human, is so lacking in political discourse. It's no wonder that we are charmed by BoJo's blundering candour. He's the only person in political office who has taken the risk of revealing his weird self.
It can sometimes stick in the throat to hear these politicians eulogising about "honour" when they seem so short of it themselves... Nick Clegg praised Tony Benn for being a "fervent defender of what he believed in", seemingly forgetting his own paltry commitment to defend students from a hike in tuition fees.
We have a lot be proud of when it comes to gender equality and there are many signs that show how much progress has been made. Over two thirds of working age women are in work - more than ever before; nearly 60% of new graduates are now women, along with over 50% of new postgraduates... The workplace was designed by men, for men. The Government is playing its part too by helping to modernise the workplace. However, we still have much more work to do.
There can be no debate on the value of books in general and cutbacks in prisons across the UK have meant that library stock is much diminished and access time has significantly declined. Given that not all prisoners can earn money, and certainly not enough to buy books, the books and gifts sent from loved ones are a lifeline. To stop them is just cruel.
We've learnt a lot since the prospect of fracking for shale gas first reared its head in the UK. One thing hasn't changed though - fracking remains incompatible with building the kind of green energy future we need to avert the very worst climate change.
Who is in the right here? Hard to say. As a nation we should support the plight of teachers who supply arguably one of the most important services in the county, the people we charge with enriching the intellect of our young people. But national strikes are becoming annual events. This will be the third strike since 2011.
An exciting story, and a poignant one in equal measure: a clear blue day, a reliable Boeing 777, and an experienced crew. Then, nothing. You've thought about the paradoxical nature of the story for weeks...