I've seen all the immediate analysis from Brexit and the Trump victory and it's not surprising that much of it is poor and ill thought out. This changing landscape may be something we don't fully understand for years and I don't think anyone has got the definitive vision yet (and you shouldn't expect to see it here either). However, at the end of the 2016 it's time we took stock and prepare for whatever will come next
Trade unionism matters more than ever. With the economy still in a slump, the Tories in power and the shadow of Brexit hanging over millions of jobs, unions are the only line of defence for working families. So the future direction of Unite, the biggest trade union in Britain and Ireland, is vital. It is far too important to be reduced to an extension of the rows in the Labour Party. I am standing for re-election as Unite's General Secretary for two reasons: My record - and my vision.
On Monday, as the Charlie Taylor report into youth justice was published, I was pleased to visit Hillside Secure Children's Home in Neath in Wales. Hillside is an example of a small, well-run home with excellent staff that provides a welcoming, productive environment which helps children turn around their lives.
Whether Syrian, Sudanese, Afghan, Eritrean, Ethiopian or Oromo these are children caught up in conflicts not of their making. No one is suggesting all those seeking sanctuary in Europe should come to Britain, but we are saying we can and should do our bit to help.
Alex Chalk, MP submitted a Private Members Bill to Parliament and this week the House of Lords approved it. The Government was defeated on Monday as peers passed a Policing and Crime Bill amendment, which was tabled by Labour's Baroness Royall and supported by crossbenchers, Tories and Liberal Democrats. This is a great step forward.
The great boon of the EU was that people could move to another European country and find work and make a home. They were entitled to education and healthcare there, just like home-grown citizens. They had rights. Their qualifications were recognised and they could set up a business without too much palaver... The moral stance has to be that we in the UK should immediately make a declaration that all persons living in the UK currently who are from other EU states will be entitled to acquire special permanent residence. It should be a new status - not the traditional permanent residence which requires living here for five years and has strings attached. It should be about proving that you are actually living here at the time of the declaration.
I was disappointed to learn that Culture Secretary Karen Bradley had rejected the appointment of the only female candidate and person of colour to the Channel 4 board. This is a worrying intervention which calls into question the government's commitment to board diversity.
The good news is we now know that Jeremy Corbyn does actually support the ratification of the Istanbul Convention (provided he gets to do it himself and scoop some gender-friendly brownie points) but the bad news is, he's not going to whip his MPs to support the Bill on Friday, which may or may not be due to the fact it has been proposed by a member of the SNP, during the course of a Tory Government.
Abbott isn't a Thatcherite, of course. Anything but. She is, on virtually all things, on the side of the angels in a head-to-head with Thatcher. Yet it is weird how, when it comes to the subject of immigration, she and so many others on the Left are willing to suddenly embrace the philosophy of a woman they have spent their lives opposing.
As the consultation for the Government Green Paper on grammar schools closes today, we are still waiting for an explanation of how an education system that only works for some is supposed to achieve this. We no longer live in a world where it makes sense for only a handful of kids to have access to the best academic education possible.
Just weeks after taking office, Carwyn Jones outlined a bold philosophy for government - describing education and skills as the key to Wales' success, and promising to strengthen the Welsh education system. Fast forward seven years, and it's clear that it hasn't gone to plan.
So let us be careful about the use of words. Let us accept our differences and our disagreements. We are all motivated by what we believe is best for the people of Britain, whether we voted remain or leave. Time will tell. Assigning ulterior motives to people because they are foreign-born or of foreign origin is not fair, it is divisive and dangerous. It is not cricket.
It is natural for an opposition to make hay when a Secretary of State is turned on by one of their own. But I outline these shortcomings with more concern than glee. Ultimately, if BEIS fails in the historic tasks Theresa May has given it, we will all pay a heavy price.
Losing a child is one of the most painful, life-altering experiences anyone can endure. Surely, if anyone deserves to have an extra financial burden lifted, it is these parents? If we want to live in a society that helps the most vulnerable, that holds out a hand to those who are struggling to go on, how can we ever justify charging parents the cost of burying their child?
So to sum up, rather than being dismissive of anyone criticising Corbyn or Labour, look deeper to see whether it is constructive or silly tabloid criticism and work on making things better. You can shout people like Owen Jones down all you want but that isn't going to change the fact that Labour have many issues they have to sort out before they can even think of being elected into government and ousting the Conservatives from power.
I will not allow this report to be used to vilify my community as if all Muslims are the same - they are not and it's not what it says. I will use its findings to make sure I am not turning a blind eye to attitudes and cultures in my community that mean that some who live on my street are held back, hidden or isolated. I'll do exactly the same for all no matter what community they are from.