The bonfire night in Lewes is just another example of Britain's innate ability to mock our leaders - and other leaders - with utter abandon. It is a crucial part of British culture. It reminds us that we live in a country where we cherish our ability to exercise freedom of expression and we are creative in the forms we exercise.
In this fortnight, when the government is both drawing up its spending plans and determining its strategy on violence against women and girls, it's time to decide whether this will be a turning point - or another milestone in the demise of services which truly respond to the needs of abused women.
Every politician has a make-or-break moment - that pivotal time in which they must either step up to the plate and prove their worth, or slink back into the partisan sludge from whence they came. Well, this has been Mr Hunt's turn to step up to the plate - and he's completely whiffed it.
Productivity improvements are crucial to the UK's economic competitiveness and to improving workers' living standards. As Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize-winning economist, says: "Productivity isn't everything, but in the long run it is almost everything."
Thousands of people gathered in Westminster on Monday to fight against the Conservatives' Trade Union Bill. Many individuals appropriately joined the ...
This week's Prime Ministers questions was marred with the usual inane rowdy rabble of mostly middle aged rich white men screaming at each other, barraging each other's inquires with the predictable vague circumlocution.
You have to wonder whether those who routinely wear the poppy, like David Cameron, so carefully consider the statement they're making every time they pin the paper on their chest...
Labour will always put those on lower and middle incomes first. That's why we will restore the tax credits that families in Scotland lose, once the powers to do so are devolved... If the SNP do not vote for this motion to restore the money lost from tax credits it will confirm once and for all that the politics of grievance is more important to them than helping working families in Scotland.
Today, students and activists will take to the streets of London to demand free education and living grants for all. We are putting forward these two positive demands, but they are made in the face of an incredibly negative situation.
Whatever merits that may have been perceived in Theresa May's speech, the assertion that the policing front line has been 'preserved' is arrant nonsense. The dramatic reduction in both mounted and dog units is huge blow to those on the front line as is the reduction in helicopter cover.
Why then, I started to ask myself, is George Osborne so hell-bent on cutting tax credits for working people? Every report has concluded that even with the increase in minimum wage and tax-free allowance, families will still be worse off.
The Government may have numbers on their side, having won a very slim majority at the last election, but we have people power on our side and the desperate actions by Tories show that this is something that they - and we - will never underestimate.
Cameron appears to be positioning himself firmly on the In side of the EU referendum without saying so explicitly. Not only this, but he is using his prominence as head of government to try to outmanoeuvre the main Out players.
David Cameron should think further ahead than the short-term "benefits" that arms deals and power stations bring, and press for countries we do business with (whether trade or security) to create stable and peaceful societies; the kind only possible where young people like Israa and Mahmoud are able to peacefully express their views without fear of imprisonment and torture.
The current system isn't working and status quo is not an option. The government needs to stop being the mouthpiece of industry and get on with the job of protecting the British people. It's time to deal with this invisible killer once and for all.
The fact that there is, unbelievably in 21st Century Britain, still a taboo surrounding mental illness. Taken along with late presentation of symptoms, and the availability of treatment, it represents one of the main reasons for poor outcomes. Is this problem worse among men? My own experience as both a GP and as an MP would tend to suggest that it is...