I had my run-ins with Panorama when working for Tony Blair, usually because they tended to take a grain of truth from somewhere and flam it up into something worthier of a right-wing tabloid than the BBC. But tonight's version is all the stronger for being somewhat understated, telling the story rather than shouting it or ramming it down throats. I know our government leaders are busy (almost all) men, but I hope they find time to watch it. Because while they talk the talk on mental health, as the Prime Minister did in his party conference speech, the documentary shows the reality of mental health services on the frontline.
"As a young, gay activist, living with HIV, I am proud to be a member of the Conservative Party. This is a progressive party which is helping people l...
George Osborne's cries for fiscal discipline, as he snatches tax credits for working families with one hand whilst cutting inheritance tax for the rich and corporation taxes for businesses with the other, simply won't wash any more. But out of tragedy must rise anger: we must refuse to be silent over the state of injustice that has become the status quo under Tory rule. Once upon a time the shouts of hundreds of thousands of protesters marching the streets, journalists, charities leaders and politicians were able to fall on deaf ears, because David Cameron and George Osborne knew that they had the powerful voting force of Middle England on their side. No more.
Hitting deficit targets by making £12billion welfare cuts that will impact hard-working families across the nation, then making sloppy justifications that can be refuted by carrying out a little research, makes me understand how Tory MPs can sit and laugh in debates - it's easy to laugh in the face of social justice when you don't have to go home and decide whether your money will go on feeding your family or keeping them warm for the night.
The British government learnt a valuable lesson when Premier Wen visited the UK four years ago. In the run up to that visit Chinese officials were so ...
The last week has enlightened quite a few about the Cameron government's reluctance to accept challenge or proper scrutiny. The prime minister would rather provoke a phoney constitutional 'crisis' with peers than deal with the issues and problems with his and Osborne's tax credits policy.
What Jeremy Hunt doesn't seem to get is that junior doctors aren't some resource that he can stretch to fill the growing gaps in NHS funding. They are people. They are some of the most hardworking, highly skilled people in our society, and we need them.
As we watch Chinese enterprises prepare to build our new nuclear power stations, I shall try not to think too much about Ai Weiwei's steel rods in the Royal Academy, the 85,000 people who died in Sichuan on 12 May, 2008, or the human rights activists, lawyers and ethnic minorities who have been harassed, imprisoned and tortured. Repeat after me: prosperity agenda, not rights agenda.
In their very haste to catch up and the urgency they attach to attracting investment, Cameron and Osborne are prepared to ignore criticism - and I suspect the advice of their diplomats - and downplay human rights and wider foreign policy considerations to put their emphasis on the purely pecuniary dimension of relations with the Chinese.
While the threatened fatal motion is highly unusual, it is yet another example of the current unstable and volatile position in the House of Lords. The Prime Minister has previously ruled out any further attempts at reforming the Lords, but threats to use the Lords to kill off tax credit cuts might be just a taster of the troubles ahead for the Government and Parliament under a small majority.
On Thursday night, I watched the Channel 4 documentary My Son The Jihadi with my mother. We watched a lot of the programme in silence , listening to the dignified words of a mother in clear anguish...
When it comes to this April's tax credit cuts we're now swiftly approaching the point where everyone accepts there is a problem, and starts to ask the real question - what is the solution?
The Oxbridge interview is a daunting event. There's so much mystique around it. Everyone knows that these esteemed universities want you to have amazing exam grades and an enormous capacity for hard work. But, other than this, no-one seems to be clear on what they're looking for.
Too many Tory MPs appear to believe that speaking out against a policy provides cover for their consciences, and that actually trying to stop it is not required. In-work poverty will only increase as a result, giving the poorest people in the UK only different but equally-bad options.
I listened to David Cameron's words at CPC15 with open-minded enthusiasm. I have been a big C Conservative for approximately 3 years but have never fo...
There may well be more choice for big retailers to open for longer, but at what cost? My local independent retailers on the high streets do not want any change and fear that extending hours for the big retailers will be a threat and will diminish the different character of Sundays. It's not too late for the Government to think again and listen to the public, the high streets businesses, workers and its own family test.