I have been missing in action for a good couple of months. For fine reason too, a membership examination followed by a brutal rota stint that left me ...
Taking the public's wishes seriously - even if they aren't serious - is vital for when more damning matters arise. When it gets tough Brits are known for having a stiff-upper lip and laughing it off. But now the public have been stopped from having that little bit of light.
I believe the time for equivocation is over. Yes, the Tories' approach to negotiating devolution deals is secretive, haphazard and controlling. But while we must never shy away from exposing the flaws in the process, nor can we be lukewarm about the principle.
I'm so disappointed that colleges and universities will only be receiving Government guidance just days before the deadline to register for next month's crucial elections. Given we know that university towns have seen the biggest drop off in voter registration, the Government should also have issued support on how to register their students to vote when they enrol on their courses, which has been proven successful in places like Sheffield and Cardiff.
Our report, published today, paints a rather vivid picture of what being an MP entails and the implications for MPs' lives beyond the job. What shines through is that across the party spectrum MPs are unified in their desire to serve the public they represent in the best way they can. So, what exactly do MPs do?
This is a government in turmoil - its head has lost the public's confidence, its policy programme has no legitimacy, it doesn't have a stable majority. We need a new general election, but before we get to that we have to allow space for proper debate in other important elections and for the critical European decision to be made. Then we can have a proper debate about the future of Britain...
So if Britain votes to remain in the EU it will be largely due to Labour voters turning out to follow their leader. An extraordinary turn of events in an extraordinary political year. But despite that he still can't win the General Election. Or can he?
Our status as a nation of animal lovers has been a proud hallmark of Britain for centuries. Animal welfare is undoubtedly important to the UK. The country is home to 65 million pets and supporters of the two biggest animal charities in the country, the RSPCA and the RSPB, happily donate almost £200m a year.
It has been an incredibly interesting fortnight in politics after the emergence of the Panama papers and developments surrounding David Cameron's involvement in offshore dealings. Despite what has been a disastrous period for the Prime Minister, his response and the reception it received in the Commons from his party make it clear that the Tories don't actually care about tax avoidance or public opinion on the matter.
Tax is an emotive issue. Tinkering with the tax system by UK Chancellors over the last 30 years has created one of the most complex tax systems in the world. There is a very strong argument now for a complete overhaul of the system to ensure clarity and fairness.
In the past, young people's mental health has not received the funding it desperately needs, but this Government is changing that. We are injecting one of the largest investments the sector has ever seen, £1.4billion over the next five years... Nothing happens overnight. We are working across Government on this and are in the first year of a five-year plan. But already there are changes on the frontline. One example is in Surrey where brand new services have just launched that mean more young people will get the care they need, before they reach crisis point.
So, the PM's is in. The Chancellor's too, but a bit trimmed. Boris' is much bigger. Corbyn's was late. Many are unremarkable. What real difference has it made that that our political leaders have published details of their tax affairs? Not a lot.
There is a very real danger that in getting an easy win against the Tories Labour may have set course for a much greater defeat somewhere down the line, a defeat that may well lead to even greater calls for electoral reform.
There are plenty of reasons to protest against the Government, the rise in food bank usage over the last six years, the failure to invest in renewable energy and hands off attitude to British industry to name but a few. But demanding Cameron's resignation because he's human is neither sensible nor helpful.
I am not saying that wealth or an Eton education are a bar on holding public office. Clearly the opposite appears to be the case. But they are a barrier to understanding - as opposed to manipulating - the lives of the vast majority of people in this country. That is why steelworkers are left to face the unmitigated effects of free global markets whilst those much better able to, in terms of wealth and social assets, are protected by a network of privilege.
Could Simpol offer citizens around the world a solution to the global Prisoner's Dilemma? Who knows. But with governments stuck in their conflicted position and the UN unable to help, do we have anything to lose by supporting it?