Sometimes I almost feel sorry for Ed Miliband. Over the last few days, even usually sympathetic media outlets have been chastising the Labour leader. You've got to wonder if he regrets stabbing his brother, David, in the back.
No-one is short on an opinion about Ed Miliband and the way that he is leading the Labour Party. After the media storm at the weekend about a plot to oust him, things have gone quieter but the media are still desperate to see leadership blood...
Let's face it - politics is not exciting anymore. In fact it's rather depressing. Look across the political spectrum and you'll find a mass of faceless politicians whose inspiration is derived from focus groups and lobbyists. They stand for winning elections and little else; perhaps why it's hard to discern what ideological substance each party consists of.
If the Tories in Scotland and the SNP could cast a vote between November 17, when the ballot commences, and December 13, when the new leader is announced, you can be sure it would be for Jim Murphy. Why? Because with Murphy as leader the likelihood of a Tory government at Westminster in 2015 increases to the point of being guaranteed.
To read some of the papers, you would think that Ed Miliband was on course to lose the next election, that his party was the one haemorrhaging more MP...
Ukip/Tory majority will lead to more right-wing policies, more crippling austerity, more needless deaths through benefit sanctions, more civil liberties being stripped away, and the countryside fracked for profit and greed. Scotland must not be submissive, and should stand up and be counted... Returning more SNP to Westminster next May is the only solution.
What have the Romans ever done for us? It's one of the funniest Monty Python routines and it is still relevant - it's the oldest and the newest complaint in politics. Now we have Alan McGee getting in on the act in a recent blog.
Today's announcement on new road building from the Prime Minister is further confirmation that this government is driving us into an economic, social and environmental cul-de-sac.
If you believe in drastic reform, you have to vote for it. The disengagement espoused by Russell Brand won't change anything. The Greens scoring ten or fifteen percent in a general election, together with a scatter of seats in the university towns, would make the established parties take notice.
Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Ed Miliband's troubles, Nick Clegg's comeback and the George Clooney comparison? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.
25 years ago today, the Berlin Wall - a physical construction dividing a nation between two ideologies - came down. Not by bomb, not by fiat, but by hundreds of activists, emboldened by global public opinion, physically dismantling it brick-by-brick in the face of the same guards who only months before would have shot to kill.
Salmond has restored Scotland's pride and left us in a better position now than when he started his campaign, long, long ago. He has left the SNP in good hands in Nicola Sturgeon, and has secured a population re-engaged in the politics of Scotland once again, and that in itself is a major accomplishment.
Both the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats will go into the May 2015 general election on the basis that, if elected, they will introduce a Mansion Tax. David Cameron has ruled this out - but unless the Conservative Party wins an overall majority it is likely that some form of the policy will be introduced in the next few years.
Prior to becoming an MP, I ran a number of small businesses, and through that experience I know that staff perform best when you respect them and give them confidence and stability through clear working hours and responsibilities. We need to see a recovery built on creating more better-paid, high skilled jobs across Britain, not insecure employment...
The average British family has not been anywhere near so fortunate as the highest earners, however, and will be £974 a year worse off by 2015 because of tax and benefit changes introduced since 2010... Can there be any greater fallacy than George Osborne's desperate claim that "we're all in this together"?
On first impressions, Blaenau Ffestiniog looks like a typical Welsh town. The shadows of mountains can be seen in every direction and lakes are spread across the landscape. Square patches of grass and neat flower arrangements adorn the front gardens of grey houses. On the high street, local Welsh folk can be found standing outside pubs, smoking fags and, assumedly, talking about rugby.