Our most recent occupation of Afghanistan has been marked, much like the others, by a directionless war that turns Afghans into enemies while getting bogged down in mud and blood. The growing occurrence of so called 'green on blue' attacks on allied forces are not simply a failure of security checks but a deeper sign that more Afghan's than ever are unconvinced that the 11 year occupation has been for their benefit. We should bring home the 9,000 British service men and women still stationed in Afghanistan, taking them out of harm's way.
In my opinion, Israel is a rogue state which commits war crimes. It is an aggressor state that has invaded Lebanon several times and holds a chunk of Syria illegally, but despite being the fourth most-heavily-armed country in the world has not won a war outright for 45 years, since 1967.
Young people have a huge amount at stake when it comes to policing and criminal justice issues and until we effectively bring them into the debate many of the issues we currently see will remain.
Beware analyses of mid-term by-elections (including this one, if you like). They are prone either to exaggerate or understate their meaning.
Nick Clegg's support for flexible working for parents is welcome and overdue but, arguably, his plans don't go far enough.
Faith-based economics (over the last 10 years, not just the last two) got us into this economic mess; it won't get us out of it.
Political parties who want to be in the running for the next election will have to start taking notice of public anger about the UK's unacceptable levels of income inequality. They must set out credible and ambitious policies to achieve a meaningful reduction in our destructive levels of income inequality and arrest the damage to our health, society and economy.
Dear British politics, This isn't an easy thing for me to say; but I think we should see other people. I wish I could spin you the whole 'it's not you, it's me' line but, well, it's you. It's totally you.
Disappointingly I think the majority of students just aren't interested in political issues and this is something that needs to be addressed on both a local level in student communities and a national level.
Find me a UK citizen who wouldn't like to see the government's main men strutting about Westminster fashioning rather excellent moustaches, and I'll find you a badger who'd like to be culled.
As a Conservative I have no pleasure in exposing David Cameron's deficit claims. However, as long as the party continues to talk down the economy via the blame game, confidence will not be given an opportunity to return. For it is an undeniable and inescapable economic fact: without confidence and certainty there can be no real growth.
The dire position of Britain with regard to social mobility is being worsened with time, deepening and entrenching divisions, and diminishing equality of opportunity for all. For Britain to succeed economically our politicians should be striving to improve our position and not make it worse.
The collapse in the Lib Dem vote is therefore most likely to benefit the Labour party and make a Parliamentary majority for Cameron's Conservatives even more of a stretch, though Lib Dem defections alone would probably not deliver Labour a majority.
Firms where employees own a chunk of the company simply perform better.
Articulate and confidently executed, Cameron's speech today proved that he is the Prime Minister, not Boris. There is certainly a place for Mr Johnson in the Conservative Party; however, the top job seems firmly in the hands of Cameron at present.
Who knew that Ed Miliband would have become a serious candidate for prime minister following his 'One Nation' speech when only the week before many assumed that he had no hope? Aside from Miliband's new allure, there are numerous questions which will be raised before 2015 that will go some way in deciding which party will next hold power.