A bill to strengthen the rights of air passengers in the European Union has won the backing of the European Parliament at its first reading. MEPs passed the bill to give travellers better rights to information, care and re-routing, when stuck at an airport.
The country is ready for an economically responsible, socially liberal party. Whether we call this libertarianism or not, this balance makes most sense for 21st Century Britain. I have found my home in the Conservatives. Other libertarians will make their choices. All parties should note this, though; our numbers are growing and we should not be ignored.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), surely, is one area where it is clear that politicians at whatever level must send out a strong message that this appalling practise cannot continue. So I was understandably outraged to learn that in a vote before Christmas, four Conservatives MEPs - Marta Andreasen, Nirj Deva, Sajjad Karim and Timothy Kirkhope - voted against a European Parliament resolution condemning FGM. Several Conservative and UKIP MEPs also failed to back the resolution by abstaining. This, in my view, shows politics at its worst, letting political point-scoring on the EU ruin a chance to be a strong voice for vulnerable girls fearing barbaric mutilation.
A ban on bent bananas and cucumbers, a demand for Oktoberfest barmaids to cover up, the banning of corgis and other dogs and even in using the phrase "two fat ladies" in the classic game of bingo. These are just some of the European Union myths that abound...
Initiativeitis - an ugly word for a regrettable phenomena. It is an often-criticised habit of government ministers of all parties always to be touting a new initiative backed up by a new piece of legislation in order to look like they are working hard and making a difference.
Nigel Farage can try and pull the wool over our eyes with his usual rhetoric, but Ukip's voting record tells us all we need to know about how Ukip feels on the issue of LGBTI rights and equality. Ukip has absolutely no intention of standing up for persecuted sexual minorities. It's time that they stopped pretending to.
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.