It's annoying when that sort of thinking applies to people. The fact that something as complex as a human being can be boiled down to their accent or their football team is a shame. But the deeper problem is that it happens to issues, too.
I was lucky enough to be a part of the BBC Free Speech audience yesterday, when Ed Miliband was invited. It was an interesting experience and encompassed questions from the depths of domestic discourse, to the far reaches of foreign policy. This is my take.
The cost of UK undergraduate education is likely always to be a political judgement. Somehow, we need to achieve a balance between political interest and institutional autonomy in a way that meets the Miliband tests: equally available, no hidden disincentives, at properly funded universities.
Perhaps the damage Blair did to the Labour Party is irreparable, but to the blue streak running through it this is an invitation to either get out of politics or switch allegiances. I don't like coalition governments and I don't like you. We need a real, leftist Labour Party again.
Change, for better or worse, is inevitable. But we can choose how we make that journey. We can be dragged along by the status quo and become a meaner, more divided society, or we can be pulled up by our dreams.
Politics is a game and we the British people are losing.
In 2008, while sitting in opposition at the House of Commons, Tory leader David Cameron goaded then prime minister Gordon Brown about an unwillingness to agree to pre-election television debates.
If they choose to align with Labour, party leaders will be sending a clear message to Scottish constituencies that the change they keep voting for will never truly come. Other parties will rise in the wake of that lost mandate, and Nicola Sturgeon's grip on power will diminish.
Cameron clearly thinks that he will come out of the debates worse off. This is probably a fair assumption. However, it is only contributing to a wider problem. Successful televised debates are more likely to engage young voters - something which the Tories don't seem to want to do.
Ed Miliband looks like a man who's taken a crash course in interpersonal communication without making it his own. The Labour leader is betrayed by two signature gestures which just about sum up his style. One is the 'point without a point'. The other is the 'head jab'. Together, they embody a man who looks so pressured it's obvious he's still not ready for prime-time.
The way our transport system works, with an apparently acceptable amount of death and injury, has to stop. We need serious investment in change. £10 per head per annum on cycling is a drop in the ocean. We need much more than that if we are to turn the juggernaut around and let our cities and cycling thrive.
In many ways the 2015 General Election has now taken on the qualities of a guerrilla campaign. Attacks and mishaps that would cause serious damage to a regular force are brushed off by the plucky insurgents of Ukip, the SNP and the Greens, who know their terrain and often have the mobility to evade their more powerful but cumbersome opponents.
If the NHS really is a national treasure then let's treasure it and that means treasuring and supporting those who are its lifeblood, not merely focusing on its relationship with the Treasury.
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Over the past five years the business community has, with the help of subtle assistance from the government, arrived at a point where it can afford to invest in the future. However should Ed Miliband move into Number 10 those conditions would disappear, along with the apprenticeship revival.