What has happened to the Labour party? Once the proud defender of the working classes, it has been steadily showing its true blue colours since it assumed the mantle of the now defunct and destructive 'New Labour' project.
From me, thanks. You represent me. I didn't vote for you and I never will, which seems churlish when you clearly have my best interests at heart. But this nagging voice inside me keeps saying that maybe democracy shouldn't just be for the white, middle class families. Maybe, just maybe, it should be for everyone.
The first Conservative Budget in 19 years was delivered in the UK parliament on Wednesday. And there were some shocks. Having resisted the merit of...
I shudder to think what will happen if these amendments pass on Wednesday. Our Government will have been the one to technically legislate for a return to cruelty. We cannot let them. It is wrong. At its very best, this is misrepresentation of the electorate, dirty play and a backward step for our progressive nation.
The Government's proposal to weaken the Hunting Act by allowing an unlimited number of dogs to pursue foxes, deer and hares for 'pest control', or simply for observation, is nothing more than a devious attempt to repeal the Act by the back door.
The cuts have already come. That "slow pace of welfare cuts" announced in the budget? Not true. Especially for child tax credits. Child tax credi...
The Budget was an act of oratorical brilliance. Osborne diluted the negatives - particularly cuts to tax credits - with a surfeit of confusing, rambling figures, yet accentuated the positives with clarity and clearness. Osborne delivered his finisher, the so-called living wage, with the sort of lucidity one could expect from Churchill on a good day. The Chancellor offered a brutal Budget and, somehow, due to his delivery, it seemed relatively moderate.
In Osborne-land, taxes were miraculously cut, a new living wage introduced, the government is finally on course to balance the books and a grateful nation walks happily into the sunlit uplands, thanking the Government. Back in the real world, 13million families will be £260 a year worse off.
When did those people who have more than enough for their needs decide that they are no longer under any obligation to share their good fortune? Germany sees no need to help Greece; George Osborne sees no reason why the government - acting on behalf of those of us who are doing all right - should help provide a decent chance to those who are not...
So the news this week, that university grants for underprivileged students would be abolished, saddened me. Not for myself, not for my son, but for the thousands of kids out there, who will never be able to realise their potential, and don't even know it yet.
It's a budget of which young people and those working on the lowest incomes are the biggest victims. Don't let the piecemeal soundbite policies distract from that. It's a political master class in creating the perception of centrist policies while pursuing an ideologically right wing economic agenda that appeases those who turn out and vote, older people and the wealthy.
Rather than turn on each other - as this wretched ruling party almost baits us to - we must unite. If the government refuses to provide a system allowing everyone the same opportunities, we must create our own. Screw them, their ideas are stupidly predictable anyway. We can do better.
Housing associations are ready and willing to do more. We offer a partnership to agree objectives and produce a genuinely strategic response. What the current generation, and their children's generation, need is a government and housing sector that work together to help them into the homes they need. This isn't about generating headlines, it's about building homes and meeting families' aspirations and the need to work together to achieve that.
The Summer Budget of 2015 sets out clearly the priorities of the Government, and it was a highly effective piece of showmanship. While almost every detail had been trailed in advance the really big item - the National Living Wage - was a true bolt out of the blue.
This is a budget for working people, pure and simple. It's what makes me so proud to be a Conservative. Rewarding hard work is a central Conservative mission and today's budget couldn't show that better.
When are we going to stop shooting ourselves in the foot? If we want to bolster domestic business and really get our economy moving, higher education is the last thing we should be taking a swing at. We're perpetuating our own lack of knowledge, and it's going to cost us in the long run.