The fruit harvest is nearly over. The best of British apples, pears and plums are on the shelves of supermarkets, local shops and market stalls across the country. But have you ever stopped to think about the hand that picked them?
90 years after women first got the vote, men outnumber women 4 to 1 in Parliament. It's not just the lack of women in politics generally that's concerning, it's also their virtual absence in the higher echelons of government.
While Britain's professional political class effected an historical and empty collusion on Monday, events will continue to run ahead of them. That is until the grown-ups decide to step into the breach.
Several months ago, when it became clear that the Eurozone was in crisis I argued that the price of any co-operation required from the UK should be that we are freed from intervention by Brussels in areas that should be the preserve of member states.
This referendum would be a chance to restore UK democracy. Laws in the UK should be ones that we want, not ones imposed on us from across the Channel. If the outcome of today's debate is to hold a referendum on the EU then I hope that David Cameron will support it.
This is a historic opportunity, the type which this country too often foregoes through lack of self-confidence. If there is one thing I do not want to see, it is this House debating the issue of inter-city capacity in 10 years time because we averted our eyes from the strategic challenge now.
It was 24 October 1961 that old Etonian Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan faced Labour's leader Hugh Gaitskill across the dispatch box in the first session of Prime Minister's Questions.
The price of government is compromise, and whilst the short term impact of this position may be to make Nigel Farage's soap-box a little taller, sensible Conservatives everywhere must have patience, and wait for a stronger position from which to challenge the status quo.
Whether Fraser wins the leadership election or not, I hope that the Scottish Conservatives win back the faith of the electorate and are able to resist the destruction of the Union - because I am Scottish, and I am British, and I am equally proud to be both.
He pledged more free votes on matters of conscience and promised to re-empower the House of Commons in policy decisions, but David Cameron's given himself a headache that he must surely now be regretting.
When Macmillan Cancer Support was established a hundred years ago, if you got cancer you lost your income and quickly slipped into poverty. A century on, and as today's chief executive of the charity, incredibly fuel poverty remains one of biggest issues people diagnosed with cancer
So, CPI inflation in the UK has reached a record high of 5.2% since CPI data began, matching the previous record of September 2008. This is now the 22nd month in a row that the Bank of England has missed its target - and not just by a little amount.
The Fox affair yet again demonstrates the media's inability to ascertain what is, and what is not, a 'lobbying scandal'. It also demonstrates a peculiar and irritating habit of putting the lobbying industry in the frame rather than seeing when it is the lobbied - not the lobbyists - that need to pull their socks up.
A child born in Africa today will be eligible to vote by 2030. I hope, with the spread of stability and democracy, that they will be able to exercise that right. And I believe, with appropriate support externally, and enough political will internally, they will vote for a government which sets its own agenda, and delivers it from its own resources.
Here's an interesting fact for you one I imagine you may not be aware of. Average Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation between 1947 and the modern era, ...
It is difficult to think of any situation where upon being fired, an employee then considers themselves in line for a promotion. But just days after Liam Fox's forced resignation, Ladbrokes was already offering odds of 25-1 for him to be next Conservative leader.