There will always be poor and oppressed people, struggling, seeking safe havens. To stop people from seeking legitimate asylum from persecution is to engage in it and perpetrate it. If you had to stand by and watch Jewish children loaded onto wagons for the concentration camps, what would you do? What could you do? I have no muscle and a small voice. But I'm raising it in anger and frustration.
As MPs discuss the European Union Referendum Bill, it is worth reflecting on a truth which seems to have escaped most people's attention - the idea of a simple in-out decision is a myth. The reason for this is that, should UK citizens vote to leave the EU, further decisions will then be taken as to the nature of the UK's new relationship with the EU as a non-member.
Commonwealth leaders from around the world meet in Sri Lanka on Friday. Yet again they plan to ignore the criminalisation of lesbian and gay people in 80% of Commonwealth member states. They are refusing to even discuss the current homophobic persecution in Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria... At least 41 of the 53 Commonwealth member states still criminalise homosexuality. They account for more than half of the world's countries where same-sex relations are illegal.
Quite a week for Orwellian Dystopia fans. News Punch is SCARED! Jedward and the stars of TOWIE should be terrified as... Theresa May to criminalise, ...
It's not hard to see why the Tories are frantically shoving their new shared equity scheme down the nation's throat. After all, the tagline is fantastic: 'cheap mortgages for hard-working people'. At first glance, Help to Buy comes off as some sort of humongous victory for the common man... As always, it only takes a tiny sprinkle of historical context to kill the dream.
After three years in government, I am finally seeing the signs that when it comes to some things, he suffers just like the rest of us. I am referring to his growing bald spot on his crown, which is currently hiding under a once voluminous head of hair after some careful brushing.
Over the past few months, the government has repeatedly claimed that their proposed pension scheme for firefighters will be "one of the most generous" in the public sector. However, firefighters argue that they will be priced out by a scheme that will be far more expensive, but worth much less... Here are five myths about firefighter pensions that can be easily busted.
Sir John is fulfilling his new, self-appointed role of Conservative Social Conscience-in-chief with a devastating efficiency and much aplomb. Indeed, he's sending shock waves through Westminster, which can never be a bad thing if it keeps a government on its toes.
What could be more outrageous than the undemocratic trebling of tuition fees, or the fundamentally anti-working class policy of scrapping EMA, denying thousands of poorer students their chance at further and higher education? After the attacks on FEs, raising fees for adult learners and axing half a million places, where could the coalition sink to next?
As a member of parliament for Bolsover in Derbyshire since 1970, Dennis Skinner - the man once dubbed The Beast of Bolsover - continues to hold fast to his socialist ideals, while his presence in the House of Commons serves as a reminder of the need for more open political debate.
Neither left, nor right, confronts the reality of an economic system built on the assumption that certain inputs, notably energy and minerals such as phosphorus and copper, are limitless and always easy to access...
The 2015 General Election Campaign has begun. In 2010, David Cameron campaigned for The Big Society causing widespread bafflement. Since then, The Big Society has silently shuffled off stage in a fog of embarrassment...
'The only meritocratic institution in Britain today is the City', proudly announced my friend, a fabulously successful and - please believe me when I ...
The failures around the Universal Credit project, exposed by the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, are the responsibility of David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith, not civil servants... This failure was Iain Duncan Smith's. It goes right back to the start of the project. The idea for Universal Credit was developed in the Centre for Social Justice which Iain Duncan Smith set up. It is a good idea. It has the potential to simplify the system, and make it clearer to people how their circumstances will change if they get a job. But ministers have never got to grips with what was going to be involved.
David Cameron promised that there wouldn't be a top down reorganisation of the NHS. In 2009, David Cameron said: "With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS." However, we are now facing the largest reorganisation of the NHS in its 65 year history.
What should a charity be able to say without being accused of being "political"? I'm comfortable that charities should not be party political. On the other hand, when a charity speaks out about the impact of government policy, whatever the party in power, it opens itself up to attack.