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.
Members of Parliament don't need to have all the answers. Better if they don't. But the onus is on them - as elected representatives - to start an urgent conversation with people about how to reshape our economy for a richer Britain. If citizens sense this could be the beginning of a new participation, then 2016 could yet go down in history as the start of a revival of Western democracy.
As long as HIV and AIDS remains a killer across the world we must not detract from our fight against it, but on today's World AIDS Day, I hope that by next year's we will be closer to never needing another.
When the letter arrived a few months back telling me that I was to receive the Political Studies Association's 'Parliamentarian of the Year' award, to say it was a surprise would be an understatement. It's an honour and a privilege. Being in Opposition is difficult and it's tough - and in a second, unelected Chamber with limited powers it is certainly a challenge. But it's a challenge we have to meet.
Renting in the private sector is precarious. Tenancies last no more than six to twelve months, and landlords can evict tenants for no reason at two months' notice. By 2020, a third of Londoners will rent from a private landlord, and it is already the dominant tenure for younger people.
Bolder, more comprehensive policies and a greater sense of urgency are needed. The government needs to bring forward plans that will address demand on the system, retain the staff recruited and that ultimately will allow prisons to better serve society.
A fundamental change in the way capitalism works is essential. Cosmetic changes or just words, not backed by action, will not do. Otherwise, I fear for the cohesion of our societies with the demagogues and charlatans directing the anger and frustration of the masses, not at the economic system causing the poverty of the many, but towards the weakest, poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.
If you value access to justice and the rule of law, we urge you to join us in campaigning for a sustainable, effective and fair system of legal aid which ensures that no one is denied justice because of their inability to pay.
Today is marked by activists and survivors with rage and disbelief, and ultimately a sense of frustration. Another year has passed and across the globe millions more women and girls have been brutalised or killed at the hands of predominately male perpetrators. Violence against women and girls continues to be at epidemic proportion. Returning to this day, year on year only to feel aghast and ashamed at the sheer scale of gender-based violence will do little to change the plight of women and girls across the globe. What we need to do is prevent the violence from happening in the first place.