Of course politicians are unlikely to vote for change that's not in their interests. If we want participatory democracy, we'll have to change the system ourselves. So, 650 members of the Ordinary People Movement will aim to represent the 42% of voters who want to participate by standing for election on a platform of constitutional change.
Nawroz shivered as I spoke with her, her dark hair dripping and her thin red top soaked through. Her husband queued at the registration desk in a sodden tee-shirt. But her baby daughter, Ava, was warm and dry. She gurgled, grabbing my fingers tightly, as I played with her.
It is a great testimony to the resilience of Amy's family that soon after her death they decided to work on retaining her legacy by setting up a new charity in her name, with the aim of preventing the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.
The statistics for women 'on the tools' in construction - that means actually doing it rather than managing or supervising - is pitifully small. And even more of a shock, this hasn't changed since I trained as a carpenter and joiner over 30 years ago.
Government must engage with these businesses to secure the future sustainable growth of our economy. These business leaders have weathered arguably the worst recession in the last century and come out as survivors. As one such business leader I feel it's high time that we focus on these 'champions' of industry,
The craziness of the last few days has been remarkable. The media pose as lobbyists. A gaggle of MPs appear to break Parliament's own rules. They do so on camera. And the result? Politicians call for the urgent regulation of lobbyists. Lobbyists. Not politicians - lobbyists.
The attack on pensioners' allowances leaves a big question hovering over the future of the welfare state: is it for everyone, or just for the poor? William Beveridge's 1942 report, the cornerstone of our welfare system, advocated a universal and contribution-based welfare state in the laudable hope of cementing social solidarity.
Recent reports suggest that about two in five of all victims of domestic abuse and violence are men, contradicting the widespread impression that it is almost always women who are violated. Because of that men assaulted by their partners are often not taken seriously or ignored by police.
Had the anti-fascists spent a minute looking at the BNP protest they would have seen 50 tired, haggard middle-aged men barely worthy of a passing car horn let alone a huge counter demonstration. Some of them could barely string a sentence together. I asked one man waving a flag why he was there. "They're killing our soldiers, aren't they..." He could offer no more by way of reasoning.
Since the first reports of HIV in the early 1980s, Australia has always played a leading role in HIV research. In July 2014, 18 000 scientists, bureaucrats, activists, politicians, doctors and nurses from around the world will descend on Melbourne for AIDS2014 -the 20th International AIDS Conference.
As I squint at the raunchy front covers for Vogue and FHM, I realise that, despite the latter's promise to explain 'Why Gary Barlow Is Just Like You,' I am struggling to tell them apart. Hence my confusion that UK Feminista and Object only target men's magazines in their new campaign.
They unilaterally designated her to be a civil partnership registrar without her consent, even though they knew this would put her in the impossible situation of choosing between her faith and her job. She told her employer that officiating at same-sex civil partnerships would conflict with her sincerely held religious beliefs.
On 1 June licences will be issued for the culling of badgers across pilot cull zones. We really need to look at this as a 'grave crime'. It's not only a crime against wildlife, it's a crime against science and a crime against public opinion - that which the government is supposed to represent.
As the millennial generation, our days rise and set with social networking. Beginning with a tweet complaining how early it is, ending with a selfie posted on Facebook, clinging to a bottle of wine before heading out. It can be excessive and relentless but at its core it remains innocuous.
It's estimated that around three in four convicted offenders use indecent images of children to stimulate themselves sexually, to lower the inhibitions of their victims or to teach the child to copy the activity in real-life situations. So what can be done?
Mental health problems are extremely common across society, with one in four of us experiencing them in any year. Despite being so common, people from all communities will still experience discriminatory attitudes and behaviours that can prevent people from speaking out.