On 30 June the Independent Living Fund will be abolished, pulling the rug from under the 18,000 people with particularly high needs who rely on it to remain in their own homes. This cruel cut will not only make it even more difficult for disabled people to participate in their communities and go to work, but could even force some into residential homes. Today the Green Party's Work and Pensions spokesperson Jonathan Bartley joins Disabled People Against Cuts to lobby parliament in a last-ditch attempt to save this vital fund. Perhaps meeting those who depend on this support face to face might persuade MPs to change their minds. But this is just one telling example of the government's attitude towards disabled people.
There are still those who assert that everything the European Union needs to do can be done under its existing treaties. Few of these pundits stop to explain why it is that if indeed everything can be done under the existing treaties, everything is not, in fact, being done.
Last week saw the start of Ramadan and I couldn't help but notice a change in the media coverage since I started writing for this title two years ago....
Cameron blames the Islamic value system for extremism in the world today - I find such a statement totally ignorant and unenlightened.
Yesterday, Welsh assembly members issued a long-overdue warning over the government's failure to effectively tackle poverty. While poverty in most regions of the UK has fallen in recent years, in Wales the figure has remained static.
For the Eurosceptic campaign, the Eurozone could be characterised as the next coalition of chaos, appearing messy and undemocratic. Cameron has been warned the referendum may turn into his version of the Maastricht Treaty, destroying his authority within his party.
The other day I agreed to sit for my portrait. Not that I want to hang it in my consulting rooms for my clients to stare at, but I thought it would be something for the "vanity" department.
David Cameron has made treaty change the totemic issue in his quest to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the European Union: he believes that he must have it to convince his party that the EU has been reformed. But he is engaged in two negotiations - one with his own party and eurosceptic press, and the other with the rest of the EU.
"I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell" ― Harry S. Truman As more and more people discover the truth on ...
It is true, as was recently pointed out to me, that we don't quite live under a dictatorship the likes of which emanates from Pyongyang, but if this is the best that can be said for it, the mother of parliaments is in desperate, dangerous trouble. We must stop assuming Cameron is a benign blunderer, and begin to treat him as the dangerous dictator he is on the path to becoming.
Running the government budget is fundamentally different from running a household budget. Simplistic dogmatic wheezes, such as enshrining budget surpluses in law, could cause real damage to Britain's economy. Mr.Osborne, please listen to the advice of experts and bin the policy.
British Bill of Rights is the right thing for the country; we must bring our rights home. As Isaiah Berlin once said, "freedom for the pike is death for the minnows" and we shall be no minnow in the European pond.
When discussing the limits of free movement, the Prime Minister might want to focus less on the benefit-scrounging genes common to all Eastern Europeans. Instead, he could be constructive and empathise with the toll emigration takes on sending countries - skills shortages, social problems, or the €3bn Romania has lost training doctors that end up abroad.
This chance to renegotiate our relationship with the EU is a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a better future for Britain. So we will make no apologies for setting the bar high. For those who want to see the UK remain in the EU, the package had to be saleable to the British people, as they have the power now.
If we want people to get behind the movement fighting climate change, we have to make it clear what that means: not sacrificing the things we need to save a few trees, but working towards a radical overhaul of our economy to make it work for this generation and the next; make it work for the many, not the few; and make it truly fit for the future.
I am reminded of Jim Hacker, from the tv series Yes, Prime Minister, when asked if he was being indecisive? The response was 'No, I just can't make up my mind'. It almost appears as if David Cameron is trying to outdo the fiction. Yet there is a very important point here. Should collective responsibility be suspended for the referendum?