Daniel Johnson's lecture is well worth reading in its entirety - and that fresh vision of a positive politics is worth searching for. There is light, if we seek it, to contrast the current grim reality of so much of the world's politics. Let's think what we are for, as well as what we are against.
The clash of metropolitan London with course Ulster is stark and ancient. Ulster's loyal citizens have variously been described as the "...
"I am the heir to Blair," said David Cameron in 2005. With the announcement he is quitting the Commons after standing down as Prime Minister, he is certainly staying true to that premonition.... All Prime Ministers want a legacy, yet are rarely remembered in the way they would wish. No matter what he does next, or what else he achieved while in office, Cameron will always be remembered as the Prime Minister who accidentally took the UK out of the European Union.
On 2nd September, a year will have passed since the tragic story of Alan Kurdi. The body of the three-year-old was found washed upon the Turkish beach...
It has been two months since the Battle of brexit was decided, and finally there is enough distance from its hysteria for fresh reflection. The question as to why the British public leant toward the Leave campaign, and didn't wish to Remain, requires evaluating which strategies worked - and which failed.
Based on their track record, would they have hesitated to legally challenge the UK government: particularly on Jeremy Hunt's early assertion that we do not already have a seven-day emergency NHS, a proclamation which has already led to well-documented patient harm?
The history of nepotism probably began fifteen seconds after the first man gained a position of power. It's a deeply uncomfortable word, personifying both the best and worst of humanity. It captures a deep seated desire to improve the lot of those we hold dearest, which manifests itself in taking advantage of position, power and privilege.
Let's go back to the beginning. Recipients of honours should be exceptional people who have made an outstanding contribution to the UK and in doing so have set an example for the rest of us to follow. It isn't enough to be good at what you do, there has to be some sense of giving back to your community as well.
Can social media truly liberate the minds of the masses from the corporate propaganda of the mainstream media? Is it possible to imagine one day that people power might even become the leitmotif of the British state?
Humility is required, but Britain's generous approach to international aid can be a pillar underpinning whatever new course the UK ends up taking in the world. It wasn't pressure from the EU that led the UK to achieve the 0.7% target - that was home-grown. So, leaving the EU doesn't have to mean a bleak future for Britain's international aid.
I've read thousands of words about why Donald Trump won't be President. Surely, he can't. Really, he mustn't. Honestly, he shouldn't. But the intellect of these highly paid and pleading columnists is nowhere near as revealing as the extraordinary conversation I heard the other day in one of New York's most exclusive areas.
Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.
The political paradigm has now shifted irreversibly, and a new economic consensus is beckoning, one in favour of recognising the plight of the "have-nots" and that equality of opportunity is not a burden, but crucial for a successful economy and a harmonious society. And that can only be a good thing.
Every administration comes to power with shiny new ideas and plenty of healthy idealism. The abiding challenge for the new Prime Minister's team, led by the very capable Chiefs of Staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, will be to find the right balance between focussing on the big stuff, without allowing the new PM and government to appear too diffident about the daily media hubbub.
The future of the UK outside of the EU is uncertain but if we let those with radical and divisive views take control of our country rather than moving back towards the path of centrism, the future is likely to be a far less inclusive and united place.
Throughout his political career, first as leader of the opposition, then as PM under coalition conditions, David Cameron did the best for his country, often at personal and political cost to himself, and for me that elevates him way beyond being merely a successful politician, and into the realm of true statesman.