Because social housing - having been handed to unaccountable private landlords - is in such short supply, it is now available only to those in the most dire, desperate need. Every other tenant is in the hands of unregulated rental agents who are seemingly infinitely creative in their ability to dream up new charges.
For far too long, the talk in Westminster has been only of the possibility of a majority government, against that of a coalition. Minority government is the elephant in the negotiating room. "All options are on the table," says one of the Labour leader's closest shadow cabinet allies. "We won't be bounced into a coalition."
UK plc should not pay for Pfizer's crisis of innovation. AstraZeneca is a strategically important company to the UK, developing vital drugs both here and around the world. A takeover driven by tax efficiency and cash dividend rather than research and innovation imperils the future of UK science, research jobs, and exports.
Last week, the Labour Party revealed how it intends to reform the private rented sector if successful in its bid to win next year's general election. In short, Miliband's plan is to make three-year tenancies the norm, cap rents and ban extortionate letting agent fees for tenants
What is going to happen to the UK economy over the next few years? The general consensus is that the worst of the recent crisis is behind us and we can therefore expect modest growth ahead. However, my pamphlet published by Civitas on 25 March called 'There is an Alternative', paints a much gloomier picture of the future if policies remain as they are. With a radical change in policy, which the pamphlet explains in detail, the UK economy could grow at 4% to 5% per annum on a sustainable basis, unemployment could be made fall dramatically, debts would get paid off and the economy would become far better balanced. How much of all of this is realistic?
Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Labour's cringeworthy party election broadcast video about Nick Clegg, as well as the ongoing accusations of racism and hypocrisy against the UK Independence Party?
To make a film this bad is an astounding achievement. And for the film to be approved through the Labour chain of command, by Miliband himself, reveals a seriously disturbing absence of judgement. Could no-one in Labour's upper echelons speak out loud that the Un-Credible Shrinking Man is just rubbish?
Last Friday, Ed Miliband walked down Queen Street in Cardiff with the Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones. He was in Wales to talk about the 'cost of living crisis' and on this occasion I agree with him. There is a 'cost of living crisis' in Wales brought about by Labour's 15-year rule in Wales.
Votes at 16 is a radical proposal that has the potential to energise a new generation of politically active and engaged citizens. However, votes at 16 needs to go hand in hand with wider youth engagement and a renewed commitment to citizenship education.
It's widely - infamously - known that the British taxpayer subsidises the rail network to a greater cost than when the network was in state hands. What a fantastic racket these companies are running!
It is vital that in the crucial days and weeks ahead, the UK government work with its international partners to add their weight and expertise to the search, and make clear what part they are playing in global efforts to assist the Nigerian government.
Milliband has surrendered his electoral advantage, and his biggest gambling chip, by conceding the Conservative premise that the recession was brought on by Labour being too socialist.
The Labour Party's recent policy announcements leave me in absolutely no doubt about their basic principle: they think you are too stupid to manage your own life, so they want to do it for you.
Hardly a day goes by without the rise in the popularity of UKIP featuring somewhere in the news. Generally it revolves around some outrageous comment one of their candidates or elected members have made and the warranted condemnations that inevitably follows.
The elections for the European Parliament are round the corner and those of us who will turn up to vote anywhere in Europe are faced with a multiplicity of choices. Who to vote for?
Labour supports an overall cap on benefits spending, but that means tackling the root causes of poverty among disabled people - low employment and the failure of government employment programmes such as the Work Programme to help them into jobs, rising living costs and the squeeze on family finances, and the pressures on public services that prevent them from participating fully in society. These pressures help create a vicious circle that means poverty and disability are mutually reinforcing. Labour is determined to break that link.