The success of Ukip is a direct and inescapable consequence of the abject failure of the mainstream parties to connect with deeply disillusioned voters. It doesn't need Dave and Ed to light up a fag and be photographed from now on only with a pint of beer in their hands - perish the thought - it just needs them to start talking a language that vaguely resembles the language the rest of us speak. They've got just under 12 months to get it right. Meanwhile, the rest of us will start taking a closer look at some of Mr Farage's unpleasant new bed-fellows in the European parliament.
If they are going to get bigger the questions are going to get tougher, having had two decades to prepare for this it's remarkable they seem so disorganised. If they feel this is a hatchet job, a smear campaign, well get use to it because you're in the big leagues now and the less you're made of s**t the harder it is to smear you.
While everyone would probably agree life would be better if the bubble hadn't burst, the way the fashion industry has grown and evolved in the face of reduced investment and spend is truly extraordinary.
It IS good news that more British people are more prosperous and that the richest people in the world regard Britain as a safe haven and politically stable. The bad news is that growing inequality is approaching pre first world war levels. The richest 10% in Britain own 44% of total national wealth, five times more than the poorest 50% of the population who collectively own 9%.
Brand`s choice of popularising non-voting in favour of alternative forms of democratic action - ranging from online petitions, to all out revolution - comes from ideas popular in the Occupy movement, and other direct action groups. Yet when scrutinised, abandoning voting appears a brittle concept.
Two of the greatest newspapers in the world, the New York Times and Le Monde, have lost their female editors within 24 hours of each other this week. Coincidence, of course. But also a salutary reminder of how few women are at the top of important media.
With Jay Z and his not-all-that-happy sister-in-law dominating the celebrity pages, and a hero cat called Tara on the front pages (remember when it was only the internet that loved cat videos?!), serious news was in short supply this week. Or it might have felt that way. Meanwhile, a group of people whose names you quite probably don't know, were taking part in a televised debate to help decide who runs the European Union.
I very much dislike the word "suffer" and its association to individuals on the spectrum. This conjures up images of bleakness and more importantly I feel creates a link to the medical model, making autism appear as a disease which it is not. Autism is a neurological and developmental 'disorder' in which it is all persuasive. Therefore, yes it is disabling, but it is not a disease.
The rights of children in the UK are under threat from advertising and our growing digital and screen-based lifestyle. It is time we unmask advertising and place it where it belongs: beside pornography, as a real threat to childhood. We must get kids back outdoors again.
Women are speaking out and making an impact in an unprecedented way. Almost everything I've listened to in some recent news bulletins has been female focused. Angelina Jolie is a great role model as a United Nations special envoy. The comforting and caring attitude she projects is inspirational.
It was the worst natural disaster there in two decades. That, in a country where natural and human disasters seem the norm, is saying something - yet in a way that's part of the problem: so accustomed are we today to the view of Afghans as victims, it's becoming difficult to hear stories like that of Aab Barik and still be moved.
The revelation that the UK is now officially home to more billionaires per head of population than any other country in the entire world is a badge of shame.
Whilst there may be little bad news around for newspapers such as the Banbury Guardian to report, there is no shortage of serious local public policy challenges, which one would hope that a public newspaper of record would consider worth of reporting.
What's special about The Trip to Italy is its ability to make the intertextual, Mikhail Bakhtin's early 20th Century concept of referencing other "texts" in a "text", so natural and accessible. The series evinced a peerless and popular postmodernism.
It pains me to think about it. But London has so many beautiful rooms that serve amazing food so however good the food and service it will be hard to force myself to return. And the food and service is great. Staff are lovely. There's a table overflowing with tall grissini. You're not offered it, but I did steal a few giant sticks.
I'm getting increasing concerned about this spinning of old stories and the re-presenting of it as breaking news. It seems to be happening more and more. I can understand a slow news day; you do need a dead donkey to drop if something happens.