In the hours following the announcement that Theresa May would become prime minister without a vote being put to the membership of the Conservative Pa...
In all the feeding frenzy that characterises our political media and reporting I think we also have to take a moment to reflect on what the recent campaigns tell us about the state of our politics and in particular the way we still treat our female politicians.
Many have proclaimed her to be uninspiring, boring, simply an administrator; others cite her standpoint on the EU as another stumbling block. But the simple response to this is: if not her, then who? Britain could be set for some very turbulent times ahead and it needs a cool head in charge. She may not be perfect, but of all the possibilities available Theresa May is without question the best option.
Having just resigned as Prime Minister, David Cameron strolled back into Downing Street on Tuesday humming himself a little tune--a tune not unremarka...
Perhaps I am being naïve, perhaps British politics is too polarised and perhaps we will always be fighting across the political divide. But surely we can be civilised? Surely we can be respectful? Surely we can drop the name calling and the labelling as liars.
The argument that David Cameron had no government experience before becoming Prime Minister is banal. He was in Opposition. He had five years to prepare. Whoever is elected in September becomes Prime Minister immediately. If we were in Opposition, it might be different, but we are in government and we need an experienced hand to steady the ship.
here is nothing wrong in having a preference for how we would like our life to be. But rigid single mindedness can lead to vulnerability, when life and those around us do not deliver. We may not have the necessary mental and emotional resilience and agility to bounce back and adjust accordingly. If we are less accepting of the value of others' difference, then we may find it hard, if others struggle with our own difference.
So I'm not a Mum. I'm sorry if that makes me inadequate. To the considerable relief of everyone who knows me, I'm never going to want to run the country. But if a woman who isn't a mother wants to try it: then be that as it May.
As I awoke to the news that more than half of Britain had voted to leave the EU, I felt sad and surprised. The world hasn't ended and the drawbridge has not been pulled up, but I fear for where the UK may be headed...
Millennials. Generation Y. Call us what you will, but those of us born in or just after the eighties, who were teenagers in the noughties and young adults in a post-recession UK, must be one of the central focuses for the new Prime Ministers #Brexit vision...
Let's accept that we are to leave the EU, but resolve to turn it to our advantage. For the sake of all those who despair for our future, it's time to look outwards and start negotiating those Free Trade Agreements. Even if we start this Autumn, I bet we can still wrap them up before a single one of those long-discussed, yet never ending 27 country EU Agreements kicks in.
An amalgam of rebellious Labour MPs and the Lib-Dems could be just that; an exciting new party which people can be optimistic about. It would unquestionably have a chance of success. The only thing currently standing in its way is the bravery of a few select individuals.
A good death - peaceful, dignified, reflective, compassionate, in the loving embrace of those closest to the dying person - is already a happy end for hundreds of thousands of people across our nation. In making this commitment, we make that promise universal, so that every dying person in England can live in anticipation of a good death.
The country, I firmly believe, needs a Labour Government and, if the leadership challenge does materialise as expected, every single member of the party needs to exercise their responsibility very carefully indeed. Do we want to be a protest movement that never looks beyond the outer ring or do we want to be a party in power where real changes to people's life can be made?
As the news is dominated by internal conflict within the Conservative Party, one thing becomes clear: no leadership candidate to be our next Prime Minister will be a champion of the North East of England. Indeed, we have barely even had lip service paid to the region, except for another commitment that the Northern Powerhouse will continue.
Like myself, Stephen Crabb was born and grew up in his constituency, which he won off Labour, holding the seat in subsequent elections. He knows what it is like to fight for something you want, when at times it seems hopelessly out of reach. He recognises that without understanding the concerns of voters on everyday issues in marginal seats, that once again the Conservative party could be out of power once again.