I will never shirk from holding the Government account, pressing for fair energy prices, for renewable energy; for shale gas to be produced responsibly, and for communities to benefit from the local funds. But a fund devoted to the common good could unite politicians and public alike.
The NHS is going through its biggest financial squeeze in its history with spending per head set to fall in 2018. This week Philip Hammond has an opportunity to change that funding trajectory and start giving the NHS the funding it really needs. There is widespread speculation that the Chancellor may find a small amount of extra funding for adult social care. However as welcome as that would be, the real test for his Autumn Statement will be whether it delivers the investment promised to fully fund the NHS. Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and overstretched. It's time to give the NHS the money it needs including finally ensuring parity of esteem for mental health services.
In the 100 years since the savagery of the Somme, the world has changed in innumerable ways. Many of the technological advancements that caused this change have also served to make the mechanics of war more efficient and even more brutal. I hope that by bringing war's horrors home, these advancements also serve to make its possibility much more distant.
Cardiff is a nice place. In fact it's much, much better than that. It's a city of beautiful parks and striking architecture, hemmed in on one side b...
Whilst exceptional individuals are held up as paragons of how social mobility should work in practice this remains the route of the few, with many more of their peers failing to achieve their potential because of the barriers put in their way. True social mobility should be about everyone, starting as children, being able to make economic and social progress, unconfined by the disadvantages they begin with, achieving to their full potential.
Many people with a mental health condition struggle with their finances. For some, it means sliding into debt. People with mental illness are three times more likely to be in debt. This may add to the pressures and anxieties which are triggers for the mental illness. It can become a vicious spiral of money worries, illness and growing debt.
As the brilliant LBC presenter James O'Brien said this week, by voting for Trump, 'people have voted to make their lives better and others' lives worse.' The same can be said for the people who voted to leave the EU.
Instead of choosing their own insurgent who defined himself as a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, they chose the establishment- personified figure, Hillary Clinton. How dumb was that?
Clinton had lost touch with the traditionally Democratic white male worker. Her liberal views on immigration and trade might draw enthusiastic liberals in the big cities, but many workers in the rust belt perceived her to be ignoring their economic interest.
This is not about whether Article 50 should be triggered. It is about when and how it happens. As Keir Starmer, Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary said recently, it's not about the 52% who voted Leave or the 48% who voted Remain. It's about the 100% who will be affected by the actions the Government takes - or does not take - from now on.
The pace of technological change is increasing. Which means some paradigm shift might be accelerating towards us, about to transform our lives in even more dramatic ways. To unexpectedly (mis)quote Donald Rumsfeld, right now, we don't know what we don't know. But that doesn't mean we can't shape our own future or control our own destinies. The Tories will leave all this to chance because they are ideologically wedded to outdated orthodoxies about the primacy of the market. But that isn't an adequate response to the tidal wave of change that is about to wash over us.
We live in dangerous times. And only the left, reunited and reinvigorated, with a clear plan on how it can genuinely improve the lives of those left behind by globalisation, can save us.
What is clear to me is that something has to give. Things cannot be left like this. If they are, we will never have the full truth about Hillsborough, former miners will die without any sense of resolution and the poison of decades-old misdeeds will carry on dripping down the years.
We are in a phoney row about Parliament, the Judges and Article 50. And it is getting dangerous. Everyone needs to calm down. Theresa May must not get caught up in this manufactured hysteria. The Prime Minister has an opportunity to show some leadership and start trying to build a consensus. She must seize it, not make matters worse. To read some newspaper headlines, you'd think the Judges had just blocked Brexit. They've done nothing of the sort. To hear some Government Ministers talk, you'd think Parliament was about to vote to overturn the referendum result. It won't... Then why all the fuss?
What a mess, the twists and turns of Brexit must seem bewildering to those outside Britain. "Brexit means Brexit" has been The Prime Minister's catchphrase. As catchphrases go, it is not a bad one. However, now the judges have told her that Brexit means what the British parliament says it means.
Being a member of a party is not like being a fan of a football team. It's not enough to buy a season ticket, go to matches, and moan when the manager makes the wrong decision. We are the first eleven. Whether you feel like the the centre forward or the goalie, we've all got an active role to play, and it's our duty to win. And I don't even like football.