Not long after 7am last Saturday morning, my grandma had a fall in her bathroom. Her home-help carer, who was visiting at the time, contacted my famil...
For the next four months, we're going to be subjected to a huge amount of information from all of the major political parties. They can target us now in more ways than ever before. It won't just be canvassers on your doorstep or in the town centre. Your Facebook feed and Twitter timeline are about to get clogged up by a steady stream of competing 'facts' from all sorts of different sources.
As long as the public continues to accept the assurances of the rich that we have to suffer so that they don't have to, the bitterness created will continue to create divisions between ethnic and religious communities that should be working together to destroy zero hour contracts and ensure proper funding for the NHS.
On Monday, Ed Miliband kicked off his general election campaign with a speech in Salford. One of the lines pre-briefed to the press was that Labour would "offer hope, not falsehoods". Ed then stood up and read out a long list of glaring falsehoods.
The New Year always brings, amongst other things, the New Years Honours List. Most of these are great - amazing figures in local communities doing amazing things, or long-suffering civil servants and high-flying diplomats being rewarded for something about 'British interests'.
Mark was the man who formerly owned the Grosvenor, which was the main focus for the show in 2012/2013 before everything went spectacularly tits up and it had to be sold to pay off his increasing mountain of debts.
It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.
Given how bizarre 2014 was, it's hard to predict what will happen in 2015. But my money is on Katie Hopkins becoming UN Ambassador, Dapper Laughs becoming NATO Special Representative for Women and Rolf Harris playing Glastonbury via a satellite link from his Category C prison, with Max Clifford working as his PR.
I would gladly stand for hours in the freezing cold at Westminster to protest this ban being revoked and I'm sure I'm not alone. There is absolutely no place in 2015 for such barbaric practice! Those who take part in the events should be down-right ashamed of themselves.
It's easy to think British politics has been particularly eventful in 2014. A close fought Scottish Independence Referendum, tensions in the coalition, various re-launches of Ed Miliband and - of course - electoral breakthrough for Ukip have made it a busy year in politics and for the country. But for all the activity, announcements, and excitement of the year it is remarkable how little the polls have shifted.
As many international students in the UK prepare for a Christmas period alone, because we cannot afford to fly back to see our families, the news of Theresa May's plans to deport us upon graduation comes as a low blow.
Today, our legal system is one step closer to being able to hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable for their crimes. It is one step closer to being able to accurately depict the true nature of domestic violence within the courtroom and further protect victims of domestic violence and their children.
Labour is still suffering the hangover of the Blair/Mandelson/Brown years, and those voices must be silenced outright over the next 6 months for the sake of the PLP as they seem to be PR and electoral cyanide.
Their world hasn't fallen in. They don't depend on a few extra pounds in benefits to get them through the week, nor do they rely on social services to keep their families functioning. I somehow doubt that they use public libraries, or Sure Start centres, or community youth centres, or drugs rehabilitation units. Nor does anyone they know - family, friends, neighbours. In their world, nothing has changed. Executive pay continues to rise at obscene rates, and bonuses continue to be paid as if there's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. So looking at the world through their eyes, yes, it's true. Everything's fine and dandy.
Throughout our history charities and other civil society groups have acted as a buffer between the individual and the state and consistently spoken truth to power. In challenging times this is a voice we badly need to hear. Let's put charities back at the heart of society, for real this time.
We are angry, and our voices are carrying far more weight than some choose to recognise. We refuse to be neglected any longer. Our rights and freedoms are not only being infringed upon by an overbearing police presence on campus, but in addition our entire higher educational system has been turned into a financial transaction.