Now my business interests are largely back in the UK and we are in an election year - an election year with more possible outcomes than in any of my previous experiences. I have decided for the first time to throw my support - and my vote - behind the Liberal Democrats. Why?
This parliament is not perfect. There are major issues remaining around defence and the NHS. However, surely another five years of this is better than years of unstable minority government based on only a minority of voters? Maybe even better than a government led by one party, but still with less than 50% of the vote.
If Nick Clegg really does believe drugs aren't a big deal, why doesn't he start making the case for real legalisation in a regulatory framework, protecting the consumer's health, protecting their liberty and undermining the criminal organisations that profit from the trade of illicit drugs?
Perhaps the damage Blair did to the Labour Party is irreparable, but to the blue streak running through it this is an invitation to either get out of politics or switch allegiances. I don't like coalition governments and I don't like you. We need a real, leftist Labour Party again.
In 2008, while sitting in opposition at the House of Commons, Tory leader David Cameron goaded then prime minister Gordon Brown about an unwillingness to agree to pre-election television debates.
All it needs is a reminder of what Nick Clegg's done, of our betrayal. A reminder that £6000 fees aren't good enough, that a graduate tax isn't good enough. A reminder of the intrinsic value of education. And a reminder that the fight must continue.
At the end of 2014, there were 3,462 people in detention. 397 had been detained for more than six months, 108 for longer than a year, and 18 for longer than two years. This is an incredible waste of human life and potential.
The way our transport system works, with an apparently acceptable amount of death and injury, has to stop. We need serious investment in change. £10 per head per annum on cycling is a drop in the ocean. We need much more than that if we are to turn the juggernaut around and let our cities and cycling thrive.
Home matters, it can be an expression of independence, important to our sense of wellbeing and critical to our health. Where we live should be a choice at every stage in our lives. But for those who have complex care and support needs that choice is all too often denied, confused with the package of care, and loss of control.
It's arguable how much difference there is between the two/three main parties, the Conservatives, Labour and, to a lesser extent, the Lib Dems (I think there are fairly significant differences).
The Liberal Democrats are still forecast - by virtue of their ability to agree terms with either a Conservative or Labour led government - to have a better than 50% chance of being in Government after May. So who is still supporting the party and meaning it has a chance to, again, be a governing party?
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.
Students as a demographic have always been, and probably always will be, protest voters. They crave the anti-establishment parties which claim to offer some sort of utopia. But, it is not a coincidence that the less power a party has, the more outlandish promises they will make in the run up to an election.
I see a generation weary of business of usual. I see a generation that knows what it wants and is beginning to get mobilised and fight for it. I see a generation set to topple the old order, banish the archaic and the corrupt and the broken, and usher in a progressive future. I see a generation set to pull us back from the brink and change the world. Westminster sees it too, and nothing could terrify it more.
Value-for-money has been the deafening cry of free market ideologues and politicians on the right. Keep governments out, privatize, and let the market work its magic to produce the most efficient solution, they say...
Until taxpayers are able to see how much of their taxes go to the NHS and can explicitly see that amount increase every time more is spent on health, then the NHS will remain degraded as a subject of mere political point scoring. Voters will be unable either to make serious judgments as to whether they are getting value for money or hold politicians to account as they throw out whatever numbers they choose in the usual election time silly auction.