The Chancellor's proposals will not address the many pressing problems in education such as the teacher shortage crisis, the lack of school places and the desperate lack of funding. Nor will they address teachers' concerns about a muddled and inappropriate curriculum. They are entirely the wrong priorities.
No health secretary in the history of the NHS has so effectively empowered a generation of doctors. That's a formidable legacy whose repercussions will reverberate through the NHS for decades. Health Secretaries come and go but we - the generation who went on strike for our convictions - are the Bruce Keoghs of tomorrow.
I've not heard any Labour figure suggest Kirby's comments aren't anti-semitic or defend the system that let her be suspended, re-admitted and elected vice-chair of a local party branch. Members have cut up their membership cards over this. MPs spent another fraught Parliamentary Labour Party meeting last night demanding to know how this was allowed to happen. But Labour's crime isn't that it defends this behaviour, it's that it tolerates it.
Far from being a leap into the dark, as the 'stay' camp would have you believe, the United Kingdom leaving the European Union would be a leap into the light - into a more prosperous, brighter, global future. I believe we are good enough, strong enough, significant enough - do you?
Even IDS himself admits that aspects of this are "absolutely appalling". When I brought up the story of the woman who was being told her benefits were being cut on the day she died, he agreed that the case was one of those things that "went wrong" and said that he always apologises to people that suffer from those kind of things. Weirdly though, I couldn't pin him down on whether he'd actually apologised to that particular family or not. It's almost like he's a politician.
With 100 days to go before the British people vote on our future relationship with Europe, Labour's position is clear: we're fighting to keep Britain in a Europe that is good for jobs, growth, investment, security, our influence in the world as well as workers' rights.
Who else wants the facts? This time last year we were all in the midst of being politically brainwashed; watching the same old parties battle it out ...
After much thought, my personal decision is to vote to leave the EU; not because I think David Cameron did a bad job, but because I believe that on balance we could forge a better future outside.
From the SNP benches, the real opposition, there will be an alternative. An alternative that prioritises investment, exports, productivity, innovation. That seeks to support our key industries like manufacturing and oil and gas. And that seeks to do manage the economy in the interests of all, and not the few.
A report published today with the respected WWF, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts makes a considered case for EU membership and finds that - on balance- we should vote to remain in a reformed European Union. To put it simply, we need to be part of the pack if we're going to have a say on the big, environmental matters.
I remember it well. The same routine many young people go through. The days spent wondering around university campus after campus deciding where my next chapter was to be held. The hours dedicated to filling in my UCAS form. The agony of pouring over my Personal Statement, as if my entire future depended on those few hundred words. At the time, I thought it did.
If we were all to believe that Jeremy Corbyn really is guilty of the charge which has been repeatedly levelled at him since becoming leader of the Labour Party - namely that he is unelectable - then we might as well admit defeat right now, disband the Labour Party and leave the Tories to it for the rest of eternity.
World attention on the conflict in the Middle East is primarily focused on Syria and Iraq, and much less so on the catastrophe in Yemen, which has cost the lives of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes. The Saudi monarchy, with Britain's open support, has been waging war on Yemen for a year, and yet few Britons know anything about it.
I'm exhausted. As someone who has become increasingly politically active in recent years, I don't mind admitting that I am somewhat battle-fatigued. I use the word 'battle' with full cognizance of its dramatic effect.
Why highlight dementia on International Women's Day? It's important to recognise that the burden of the disease falls disproportionately on the shoulders of women. Half a million women every year are living with dementia in the UK according to a report from Alzheimer's Research UK.
Scotland's oil and gas industry has generated well over £300billion for Treasury coffers and it employs over 375,000 people from across the UK. It is an important industry for the north east of Scotland and the national economy, and one that has benefited UK government expenditure for very many years.