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.
Voices from all wings of the Labour Party, left and right, have called for a bold, radical manifesto for 2015. Labour need to grab public attention with bright, clear and popular policies to ensure Ed Miliband is moving into 10 Downing Street on 8th May 2015.
If Business Secretary Vince Cable had simply dumped up to £1bn of taxpayers' money off the top of his Department's Victoria Street HQ to flutter into the lake in St James's Park, the British public would rightly demand his immediate resignation.
The Labour Party and some on the left are the biggest hypocrites when it comes to helping those most in need and raising the living standards of the poorest in our society. I'd like to pose the question of what has the Labour Party done for the people they say the government are letting down?
In recent days there has been the annual universal condemnation of the greed with which bankers accept their excessive pay awards.
Of course the NHS needs reform. Corruption, where it appears, must be rooted out. No one argues against that. And no, I don't have any answers. But I know is this: we must protect what's left of the NHS. Protect it against the encroachment of hedge funds; cease selling our medical data to private companies so that they can make products to sell back to us.
I'm a member of the Labour Party. I was a Labour councillor in my home town or York for six years, and even stood as a parliamentary candidate for them in 2005. I've been a Labour supporter for the last 20 years. But yes, I'll admit it: though I struggled for years to dispute it, I'm middle class and always have been.
The most important element of any market for a consumer is knowing exactly what you're buying, and who from. Unfortunately, many of the tickets listed on these websites don't provide buyers with adequate seat details, and none of them provide any details about who you're buying from - whether it's a fellow fan, a commercial-scale tout, or even the event-holder themselves. That's why we're recommending that resale sites and those that use them should be legally required to provide this most basic of information to inform consumer choice.
The three largest football clubs in the north-east come from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Since the election of 'New Labour' in 1997, all three have either been promoted to, or relegated from the English Premier League.
Anyone who has listened to a Tony Blair speech in recent years would not be surprised that he is concerned about radical Islam. On that front, his speech on the Middle East at Bloomberg yesterday broke little new ground...