I'm tired of students and young people as a collective being constantly ignored or patronised by the state... people forget that if you constantly damage the spirit of a generation and illegitimatise our opinions, it will demolish the hope and drive of those who not only have the potential to make huge positive impact in the UK, but worldwide.
"You didn't know him. I hate this; when people get upset about somebody they didn't know", I didn't argue. I couldn't really hear what my friend was saying above the sound of my heart beating. I'd agree with him, usually. It's hard to understand how you could feel such grief for somebody you'd never known... and yet I did.
UKIP is not a protest party or indeed an anti-establishment beachhead, it is simply a zany sibling of the two political wings of neoliberal rule. As a result, UKIP will not offer working class voters substantive answers to contemporary dilemmas.
With the UK general election only a year away, who is winning the political debate? I differ from many people, who say that all politicians are corrupt and are only in it for themselves. In my experience, most politicians are in fact honest and believe in what they're doing.
Handbagged is a magnificently funny dramatization of the clash of personalities between the two most iconic Brits of my lifetime - Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II.
My heart is still beating hard following Liverpool's dramatic win on Sunday over Manchester City. Many have pointed to the strange parallels between y...
It has been hard not to think about death recently. Not because of MH370, but because of two very different events: the anniversary on Tuesday of Margaret Thatcher's passing, and the BBC's haunting documentary, Life on Death Row...
The destruction of David Owen's career was a personal tragedy for him - jeered at, spat upon, abused and threatened, he settled for a quieter life. But his story is our tragedy, too. In our politics, the way we run it, the way we like it, the righteous are mashed up and spat out.
It was the early 1980s, and I was in my late teens. There were many certainties at that time - Nelson Mandela would never be free, it was only a matte...
If UKIP took itself about as seriously as the Monster Raving Loony Party takes itself, then it would be a laugh a minute. The fact that UKIP does take itself seriously is actually rather sad.
Let's not digress into white paper bashing though, plenty of others have excoriated it already. The point is that Scotland's monumental decision is on the horizon and too many crucial questions remain unanswered... The future of a nation cannot be decided on conjecture and supposition alone. We need answers.
How easy would it have been for Thatcher to dominate the reporting of the dispute had it happened today? Would the 'Battle of Orgreave' ended the same way if onlookers and miners alike were connected to Twitter, Messenger and BBM?
Telegraph columnist Iain Martin claims Labour's 50p top rate of tax pledge is 'crazed, immoral class warfare'. But in doing so, he ignores the lessons of history, examples from abroad, empirical evidence and the opinion polls.
We are suffering from a lack of leadership, something the Victorians had in spades. By failing to give significantly, the new rich are failing to set an example and inspire those who will follow them. Government makes noises about encouraging more philanthropy but most politicians follow focus groups rather offer leadership...
Why do foreigners come to the UK and want to work and settle down here? It is precisely because you are a great country. When prime minister David Cameron launched the "GREAT" campaign in 2012 he was right when he said, "There are so many great things about Britain and we want to send out the message loud and proud that this is a great place to do business, to invest, to study and to visit."
The day I met Sheikh Hasina, I thought for a fleeting moment she was one of my aunts. She smiled at me in that distinct, maternal manner I associate only with Bangladeshi women of a certain age; her silk sari wrapped neatly around her body, her hairline revealing no attempt to hide the greys.