The UK can no longer provide tacit shelter, heaven and refuge for the world's rich, powerful and corrupt. The shadowy systems of secrecy which permeate our territories abroad must come to an end. All of us who pay our tax - demand no less. And the poorest who lose out the most - deserve no less.
The sins of Cameron's dad are not his fault. True, but the Government are no strangers to damning the children of people who they think aren't doing their bit for society. Barnardo's, the Child Poverty Action Group and many others have all said that the Conservative Welfare and Work Bill will make poor children poorer. Policies such as only paying tax credits to the first two children in a family directly penalise children for the decisions of their parents. So In Tory Britain poor kids are paying the price for the actions of their parents but David Cameron doesn't have to?
The 2015 General Election was the most disproportionate general election in British history. The Conservatives won a majority of 12 with only 37% of the vote. UKIP got four million votes and the Green Party got over one million votes, but only won one seat each...
Perceptions and symbols matter. The UK's ability to hold itself out as the world's leading soft power is undermined when we do not take a public stand in support of our values. Those who are suffering from, or perpetrating, human rights abuses must hear us voicing our values clearly. So when one of the most senior civil servants tells a parliamentary committee that human rights is "not one of our top priorities", alarm bells go off.
I'm pleased the minister for industry now understands what we actually manufacture (an unkind soul would say she should have known this already) what concerns me is what will happen next. Anna Soubry talked the talk, she even mentioned the 'N' word (nationalisation!) but will she act?
When the prime minister assures the 40,000 families in and around Port Talbot whose livelihoods are threatened by the threatened closure of the Tata-owned steel works that the government is doing everything it can to safeguard their interests, my reaction is: really? Is that why UK steel companies say they are paying up to seven times more in business rates than their European competitors? Or why their energy costs are about 80% higher than the European average?
Time is now of the essence. And the Prime Minister's reluctance to contemplate public ownership shows yet again a government putting misguided ideology above practical support for an industry - and communities - in need.
We're still a position where plenty of people don't have enough to meet their day-to-day needs. In this scenario, people being paid more than they would reasonably want is simply obscene.
So on this very special Easter weekend, my stand on the 1916 commemorations is this: Let's acknowledge the mistakes of the past, learn from them, and let them go. Let's use our failures as stepping stones to achieve the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation...
At the start of the month I returned to Sierra Leone after more than two decades away. As the country of my mother's birth, I spent a lot of time there as a child and my memories centred around the people, their energy and enthusiasm. The civil war and Ebola have undeniably taken their toll on these things in my absence, it certainly hasn't destroyed them.
It started with George Osborne's schoolboy braggadocio about abolishing the Lib Dems and ended with him being torn apart by the right wingers we protected him from, following a cruel and foolish budget which would never have allowed to see the light of day. Never in modern politics history has such a biter, been so painfully bit!
Schools and parents are facing a chronic teacher shortage, a lack of school places, chaos around curriculum changes and primary tests and a funding crisis. But instead of dealing with these very real issues the Government is pursuing a top down re-organisation of education that has no basis in evidence to support it.
This is the world we live in, and perhaps it is right that we are more aware of how vulnerable we are. However although this reality may make us pause, it must not make us stop. We must mourn those who have died, provide help and solidarity to those who have survived, and track down all perpetrators of this evil. But we must also carry on as normal, be who we are, and be the society that we are... So we must stand up, one and all and be counted. We are Paris, we are Brussels, and we are Britain. We are united by a culture that is the best, the most free and the most successful on the planet. We should say it and we should be prepared to defend it. And I hope that we will.
Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.
Please stop and think. Please listen. Not everyone who is complaining about the direction of education policy in this country is a refusenik who fails to see any benefits in your proposed changes. I think encouraging entrepreneurialism in schools is a good idea. Helping them capitalise on their assets in a sustainable manner makes sense. But education cannot and must never be turned into an entirely free market.
PR is the bedrock on which our government is built. It's right at the heart of the way it operates. We have never had a more media-savvy government or PR-aware leadership. So why did they think they could spin their way around the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) disability cuts? To understand why they truly believed that the great British people would swallow the proposed PIP cuts you need to go back in time. Quite a long way.