Cynicism's had its day; it's time for pragmatic optimism. I'm rallying the troops and you're the first for the press gang!
Another day, and another journalist has laid into the young generation of today, insinuating they are weak and without moral fibre. As Jeremy Paxman put it this week, they are considered: 'materialistic, self-obsessed, hedonistic ... because of the decline of the traditional notion of duty and the influence of social media'.
It was quite a proud accolade for me when I was described as being 'insanely left-wing'. Because it's a good thing to be left-wing, isn't it? It means that you care about other people being equal and you don't want to shoot immigrants or privatize everything including human souls...
One of the bugbears of being a politician is the risk that a controversy might erupt at any time about things that have little or no direct connection with their day-to-day work. Recently David Cameron has been criticised for surrounding himself with alumni of his own school, Eton, who (so the charge runs) cannot understand the day-to-day lives of normal people. Other stories down the years have concerned politicians' finances, sexual affairs, family connections and youthful indiscretions. What really irritates voters? YouGov set out to find out in a survey...
Andrew Rosindell, the secretary of Parliament's animal welfare group, has joined voices demanding the end of religious slaughter in the UK. As someone with experience in the meat industry, specifically halal, this news troubles me. It troubles me because the argument is flawed, and flawed on many levels.
Feminism (and a concerted backlash against it) is all over the internet, all over the media and all over student campuses. Feminism is, like, "cool"...at last! Maybe it's not surprising then that in January Cameron said the UK should "lead the charge on women's equality worldwide". For a prime minister who isn't sure whether he's a feminist or not, that's quite a commitment.
Like thousands of other Britons across the country, I begin my days by catching up on the latest news. And, on an increasingly frequent basis, it is often enough to make me feel like crawling back under the covers - or search for the latest "21 Cutest Animals Ever!" Buzzfeed...
The threat UKIP poses to a Conservative victory in 2015 is widely recognised, less so the damage it could cause Labour. If recent revelations regarding UKIP's electoral strategy are to be taken seriously, the threat to Labour could be equally as potent.
General revolt against Ofsted is growing, with schools around the country (and their communities) saying that its processes are not fair or reasonable, its criteria arbitrary, and its inspections incredibly stressful and destructive.
In a statement on 4 March 2014, Foreign Minister William Hague deceived the House of Commons about the legitimacy of the new regime in Ukraine... He led the House to believe that the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, had removed President Yanukovich from power on 22 February in accordance with the Ukrainian constitution.
The most famous front door in the world has got to be the UK Prime Ministers abode. That huge black door, with the policeman standing guard sullenly outside, is recognised globally.
It is unfortunate for us all that William Hague is such a maladroit character, a modern day Lord Curzon. He shoots from the hip and never fails to turn a crisis into a drama.
Despite the effected disinterest of some of their English MPs, the breakup of the union could shatter the Conservatives. After all, what would be the purpose of a right-wing party that can no longer uphold the most basic and fundamental tenant of conservatism - the preservation and continuation of the nation.
This is an important issue, which we need to examine, and which affects the lives of almost everyone in the country. Are we comfortable with the way in which our personal data is collected, and who has access to it? How much does our right to privacy matter, in an age where we share photos and personal details online with so much abandon? What is the balance that needs to be struck between security and liberty?
The light of International Women's Day is burning brighter than ever before. Every year, I am genuinely overwhelmed by the impassioned clamour of celebration in March. And every year, I reflect on the achievements made for and by women in every corner of the globe, and I am left full of deep optimism and hope.
Do you want my alternative take on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine; David Cameron on the phone; Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage; and the selfie that broke Twitter? Would you like to see me attempt some Putin-esque chin-ups on camera, despite being totally unfit? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.