The previous Government launched an all out attack on disabled people's income and support. They were the number one target for unjustified cuts. This...
Now a new row has broken out at Oxford University, where I'm ashamed to say that some in the Labour Party society appear to be tolerating the intolerable. Everyday we hear stories of otherness, islamophobia and antisemitism, in full swing. People pitched one against the other, taxpayers pitched against benefit claimants, women against men. Refugees versus migrants. Everyday we receive our dose of "us" versus "them". Drip, drip, drip.
I think it is patriotic to stay in Europe so that the people living in every corner of Britain can benefit from a stronger economy, better jobs and more protection for their rights at work. It is patriotic to be part of Europe-wide rules like the European Arrest Warrant that keep our people safe and make sure terrorists and criminals face justice.
If Labour heads to the polls in 2020 with a unilateralist defence policy and a leader who makes it clear he would never use the deterrent while he was prime minister, that election would inevitably become a referendum on whether Britain should remain a nuclear power. Just as inevitably Labour would not just lose, but lose massively.
It is sometimes said that we must choose between trade with Europe and trade with the rest of the world. The truth, however, is that our place in Europe expands our trading opportunities globally. When negotiating free trade agreements, the collective clout of the EU's 500million consumers can secure terms better than those available to the UK, with our population of 65million. Our economy is not just stronger in Europe now, but will continue to be stronger in the future.
The murkiness and the many unanswered questions which surround this latest announcement come as no surprise. The lack of transparency in our mental health system is a key theme of the report. Ministers must come clean about the details of this funding and set out what safeguards they will put in place to guarantee it will reach the services it is intended for.
The polls are misleading and I have never believed them since I was a boy. The last election seemed to prove my belief as we saw the 10 o'clock BBC prediction shatter the dreams of the Labour Party for the past five years.
The problem is that we have been so overwhelmed by this assault from central government we are no longer shocked when another basic right gets flushed down the drain. It's not just satire that this government is intent on killing: they are annihilating any expectation we have that politicians are on our side and that government can, should, or could do anything to help us.
Obama came into the White House to the mantra of "Yes we can" and this weekend as he announced his final budget we can happily conclude that as far as climate change is concerned: "Yes he bloody well did!"
Attacking all routes by which ordinary people can express dissent or improve living and working conditions: they've already limited access to justice through changes to employment tribunals, pulled back domestic workers rights and gagged civil society. Now they propose to go further threatening the basic right to strike.
If you're a part of the right wing of the Labour Party, look away now. In fact, don't bother, you probably lack the self awareness to even realise it...
If the Labour MPs want something constructive to do, then start working out policies and ideas that might help attract voters back to Labour... I'm not saying that any Labour MP should have to abandon his or her own views, or cease to articulate them within the Party's democratic structures. But I am saying that this continual war of attrition is achieving nothing beyond taking the pressure off the government. So my clear message to the plotters is - stop the sniping, stop the scheming, get behind Jeremy Corbyn and start taking the fight to the Tories.
I'm no socialist, and I don't live in the USA, but I have been following Bernie Sanders with intrigue since he announced his candidacy for Democrat no...
Emily Thornberry's review appears to be open-minded. That is at least what she is claiming, and the evidence from her recent media interviews and the direct conversations I have had with her lead me to believe it. She is suffering a relentless attack on her character and intelligence on the basis that she has no place in questioning the assertions of invulnerability of our systems. But this is doing disservice, to her, but far more importantly, to the issue facing us as a nation.
Left untreated, the consequences of poor mental health among children and young people can be devastating for a school community, and long-lasting. Some three quarters of adult mental health problems are present before the age of 18. Today, at the start of children's mental health week, we have a real opportunity to raise awareness of this growing issue and apply pressure on the government to take meaningful action to tackle it.
Without action the life jackets will keep piling up on the shores of Europe as desperate people continue to flee. And the flames of this conflict will continue to rise, driving even more Syrians from their country or into the arms of extremists.