On 18 September, the people of Scotland voted against independence. The Scottish National Party (SNP), created in 1934 with independence as its central goal, had lost. Yet just five months later, they are now positioned as one of the big potential winners in May's UK General Election.
Young voters are looking for something different, something promising: a Blair-esque figure for this generation. If the Conservatives and Labour believe that the young vote is so important, then it's time they start appealing to the young voter and show what they're offering, instead of turning the House of Commons into a playground.
I see a generation weary of business of usual. I see a generation that knows what it wants and is beginning to get mobilised and fight for it. I see a generation set to topple the old order, banish the archaic and the corrupt and the broken, and usher in a progressive future. I see a generation set to pull us back from the brink and change the world. Westminster sees it too, and nothing could terrify it more.
It is clear that the Conservative Party's longer-term economic plan is working. They are cutting income tax for over 25 million people, saving the typical tax payer £705 a year. They are cutting the jobs tax saving businesses up to £2,000 enabling businesses to hire more people...
Value-for-money has been the deafening cry of free market ideologues and politicians on the right. Keep governments out, privatize, and let the market work its magic to produce the most efficient solution, they say...
Unlike in a national election, we all live and work in the same place. We are all Londoners. It is our duty as Mayoral candidates to ensure that a good idea, no matter where it originated, is enacted, and is not lost to party politics.
Higher education is one of the most lucrative exports Britain has got. Not only is it worth about £70billion to the economy, but the country's top universities play a crucial role in consolidating Britain's withering reputation as a global superpower. With that in mind, any move to stifle industrial investment amounts to little more than a horrifically irresponsible, self-inflicted shot in the foot...
The revaluation of a flat tax rate should be considered and implemented upon consideration of how the implementation's effects would benefit the UK, with the inconveniences of the system being amendable within a time frame of five to ten years.
Rather than ill-conceived, reactionary measures, Mr Cameron should realise it's not a lack of access to data that's preventing better detection of terrorists: Instead, put more resources into analysing the data and what to do with the access they currently have:..
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), bane of the lives of unemployed people, has refused a legitimate request for information from a BBC reporter.
If it is "cost" that truly concerns us, why do we focus so much attention on "benefit fraud" or even welfare, which relatively have an invisible economic impact? Is our concern genuine, or is it more an issue of bitterness?
The failure to stand up to political pressure from the US has been catastrophic. But my fear is that unless the Chilcot report is published, quickly, we will not alter our foreign policy accordingly. Old habits die hard: David Cameron still attaches enormous importance to the style of his reception in the White House, while Ed Miliband worked extremely hard to gain the approval of the US President last summer... We owe our armed forces more than this. We owe their families an explanation. And we owe our country the right to hold their leaders to account: we must sort the delays and publish Chilcot before the election.
Gone are the aggressive spin doctors, replaced by Gok Wan and his team of make over stylists, convincing Ed Miliband that a Hoxton fin, skinny jeans and Superdry T shirt is the ideal look to convince the electorate of Beaconsfield to vote Labour.
Campaigning on the streets or displaying advertisements that highlight a party's qualities as opposed to the opposition's flaws are a far healthier way to engage with the population. We should be voting for the party that best represents our needs, not voting against the person who looks more foolish on a billboard above a random street corner.
With the General Election appearing on the horizon, the choice of which party to vote for has created the same dilemma as deciding upon how best you would like to be killed. The only difference being that if you are dead, you would not have to contemplate the outcomes of the choice of political party you have had to make.
"A day like today is not a day for soundbites", so said Prime Minister Tony Blair before deploying one to herald the Good Friday Agreement. The reality is that soundbites and politics go hand in hand, and to win in May parties will have to master this linguist art in order to succeed.