I would like to offer my full support to Mr. Nawaz for championing free expression and not cowering away in the face of such horrendous responses or bowing to religious fundamentalists. Nawaz embodies the spirit of liberalism and secular values, and is certainly an asset to the Liberal Democrats.
There's a bit of a flap taking place on Twitter today over a tweet and the resulting petition by the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, Maajid Nawaz -- who also happens to be the Chairman of the anti-extremism organisation, the Quilliam Foundation. What did he tweet? Prepare your outrage...
While such questions remain, the Liberal Democrats should not rush to welcoming Lord Rennard back to a position of prominence in parliament and in policy-making. To do so would be to show that it's 'business as usual' in the old boy's club of Westminster, and would make the Liberal Democrats outspoken apologists of an abusive political culture.
Should we be preparing for a Lib-Lab Coalition in 2015? Possibly. Given their current problems and the added strain of preparing an election campaign whilst being tied into an unhappy government, the idea that the Lib Dems could work with the Tories again seems unlikely.
Weather forecasters have predicted that this year's winter may be one of the coldest on record. While many of us are fortunate to be employed, in a warm and well- heated house, there are millions of people about to face a winter homeless on the streets, unemployed or without support due to policies implemented by the current government.
In the run-up to the general election, I'd say we're going to see a lot more of this kind of stuff - a wide-ranging sea of politicians falling over each other to try to sort of sound like they maybe might kind of agree with someone on the other side on a couple of things. Keep your eyes open for little worms of compliments being cast across the floor of the House by hopeful political fishermen...
The media just loves the immigration debate, and Nick Robinson's programme (The Truth about immigration) is proving the perfect hook. The programme includes our most recent British Social Attitudes, finding that over 3 in 4 of us (77%) want to see a reduction in immigration.
Either it's an election year, or Nick Clegg has suddenly discovered some principles. This week, George Osborne announced that there would be another £25 billion in spending cuts after the 2015 general election and around half of that would come from the welfare budget. For Clegg, who must have been given a spine at Christmas, it was apparently the straw that broke the camel's back.
Have you noticed how Cleggie's rhetoric has upscaled the immigration debate - Finnish engineers and Dutch accountants will not be able to come to Britain - why on earth not? The City of London will grind to a halt and the NHS will collapse if we left the EU.
2013 is drawing to an end and it's fair to say it has been an eventful year in British politics. From Thatcher's death, to parliament voting against military intervention in the Syria, this year has most definitely been an intriguing one to say the least.
This is not the nicest of days, so in that context I thought I'd present a few random political thoughts! Very briefly, at Westminster it was one where the Conservative Party publically re-embraced Thatcherism, where One Nation Labour struggled to emerge further yet held on for life, and the United Kingdom Independence Party continued its long march to significance...
At the European elections next May, voters will face a fundamental choice about what kind of country they want Britain to be. An inward, backward-looking country that pulls up the drawbridge on its allies in Europe and attempts to navigate the challenges of the 21st century alone. Or one that is willing to embrace international cooperation in the fight against organised crime and new threats such as cyber-attacks, human-trafficking and online fraud...
Free-market (neo-liberal) capitalism has been the dominant type of capitalism for the last three decades; it failed spectacularly to predict the 2008 global economic crash, the second largest economic crisis in history, after the great depression.
In Kent, we are now the official opposition with seventeen county councillors, with our strong areas being South Thanet, Folkestone & Hythe, North Thanet, Dover & Deal and Sittingbourne & Sheppey. We will be fielding strong candidates in each seat, one of which will be Nigel Farage.
Sherborne is a postcard of upper and middle-class tranquillity in Dorset. Famous for its historic abbey and private schools. But Sherborne is a Potemkin town. Look beyond the superficiality and the poverty is very real.
The Autumn Statement, which morphed into a mini-budget some time ago, is an opportunity for the chancellor to offer some red meat to a restless party whilst also setting the stage for Budget 2014, which will lock down the coalition's economic narrative ahead of the general election.