At a time when trust in politicians and politics remains perhaps at an all-time low, this week has been another bad week for Westminster... The truth is outside interests contribute not to the richness of debate in the House of Commons, but simply to the richness of individual MPs. It's time we did something about it. Every time the Tories and Lib Dems defend the status quo, their MPs may be richer, but our politics is all the poorer.
Many current students at Bournemouth University appear that to have now accepted £9,000 tuition fees as the norm and are even prepared for the possibility that the next Government could increase them further. They described fees to me as "money that you don't see", and were instead far more concerned with day-to-day survival...
Celebrities have more sway when it comes to giving publicity and that lends itself more to individual movements or campaigns. A savvy up-and-coming politician could probably use a celebrity in a positive way to get themselves known but, for the most part, the influence of celebrities influence the periphery of politics more than the centre of it.
I don't want to live in a world where Robert Downey Jr going grocery shopping is news, and I'm pretty sure Robert Downey Jr doesn't either. In fact I know he doesn't because he openly mocked the story on his own Facebook page, thus ensuring the story was reposted 1500 times in less than an hour. It's now over the 6,600 mark in shares
In the run up to this year's General Election, the UK's two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - have traded the usual arguments and insults, drawing their battle lines and going to great lengths to highlight their differences.
In a new term, post-election, if the Conservatives were to be elected, Job Seeker's Allowance for 18-21 year old's would be abolished and instead replaced with the 'youth allowance' at the same weekly rate.
If the NHS really is a national treasure then let's treasure it and that means treasuring and supporting those who are its lifeblood, not merely focusing on its relationship with the Treasury.
Given the positive reaction both Chelsea and West Ham fans have had to their clubs' support of the living wage, it's hard to understand why this is such a battle. A survey for the GMB union found that 84% of football supporters want Premier League and Football League clubs to pay their staff a wage they can live on. It's the right thing to do, and the goodwill that paying the living wage would create would be huge. Making sure people are paid a decent wage is not just the right thing to do, it's good for working families, it's good for business and it's good for the economy.
Pink, it seems, really is a women's issue. It doesn't matter whether you are a woman of colour, a woman of means, a single mother, a 16 year old girl, a lesbian - if you want to be taken seriously, you can't be pink. 'Being pink' is about more than just wearing pink; it's about displaying any indicator of the particular brand of femininity that pink represents...
The regeneration of Battersea's once-industrial riverfront is an opportunity to create vibrant, integrated communities. We can improve public access along the riverfront Thames Path, create jobs with bustling riverside cafés, restaurants and a cultural scene - and build homes that local people can afford to rent or buy.
Over the past five years the business community has, with the help of subtle assistance from the government, arrived at a point where it can afford to invest in the future. However should Ed Miliband move into Number 10 those conditions would disappear, along with the apprenticeship revival.
Politicians and opinion-formers, please stop listening to the "moneymen". Go back to first principles and start using some common sense.
It's true that economic policy is not the only reason any of us supports a particular party but it is significant. I'm also very clear that we do need to pursue social justice and a society that works for all as well as a strong economy that can pay our bills. I've not a scintilla of doubt that Ed Miliband wants both of these things just as much as I do.
To reap the greatest benefits for the majority of Britons we can't simply accept the economic ideology of the richest, most profitable sectors of our economy. They will always support lower taxes and less regulation, and adherence to this form of economics, as recent history has shown, is not a healthy way to sustain an economy.
I really don't get Labour's campaign at the moment. It's like they're heading into a football match with a 10-0 advantage, up against nine men who are all in blindfolds, and they still end up getting trounced.
On 7 May Britain will vote in the most important General Election for a generation. But there is real doubt about whether the new generation of voters will have their say... This general election will have huge consequences for the young.