We aren't carrying out tough love anymore. Now, we are carrying out acts that are arrogant, short-minded and unnecessarily painful to people in the UK, who are starting to see our party for what it is. Nasty.
What is my stupidest suggestion of the decade? That the UK should shift its Parliament from London to Birmingham. Absurd, crazy, mad - these are all the things that would be said (or even worse) but is it that stupid?
Exactly one week after you read this message two women in the UK will be murdered as a result of domestic violence. 42% of women murdered in the UK are as a result of domestic violence.
Following speculation that Ministers would introduce a 'taper' to the increases, this is now going to be forthcoming. But when it came to light last Thursday, four months after the end of a government consultation, there were no details of how it would work and on what basis. A concession on the taper would of course, be better than nothing, but even this could be a disincentive to look for a better paid job or work longer hours.
I care about security, and I care about privacy. We do need legislation to control state surveillance, and it should allow the state to monitor people suspected of serious wrongdoing, while stopping mass surveillance of the whole population. But it takes time to get it right, and Parliamentarians should show the confidence to reject this version as well, and reject the rushed timetable.
I remember it well. The same routine many young people go through. The days spent wondering around university campus after campus deciding where my next chapter was to be held. The hours dedicated to filling in my UCAS form. The agony of pouring over my Personal Statement, as if my entire future depended on those few hundred words. At the time, I thought it did.
It is not, nor should it be, the responsibility of women alone to fix a world that so often acts to their detriment. But, on International Women's Day, the work of fearless and determined women such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi inspires millions around the world who are striving against oppression and for justice, equality and freedom.
The question shouldn't be "do petitions work?" but "how do they work best?" It's all down to the power of a strong personal story that will help you build an army of supporters who you can call on to take action, every step of the way to victory. If you do that, your campaign will be impossible to ignore - however many signatures it attracts.
The claim is that they want to 'cut the cost of politics and tackle the deficit left by the previous administration', in the government's own words. Why then, has the prime minister appointed peers to the House of Lords at a faster rate than any Prime Minister in British history?
A lack of profile sadly does not mean a lack of problems and as the war trundles on, attempts to distribute aid are severely hampered by fighting, damaged ports, closed airports, blocked humanitarian corridors and a country-wide lack of fuel. The figures speak for themselves and behind every one of these statistics is a human tragedy.
12 weeks of scrutiny by the committee was intense. Now Parliament as a whole needs months of rigorous debate to make sure we strike the right balance: between providing the powers our agencies and law enforcement need to protect us; and the privacy we rightly demand.
Britain is facing a national emergency in housing. Millions of people are living in fear and desperation without a secure, affordable place to call home. This fear is tearing communities apart and creating a more polarised society where the lucky few are the only people who can afford to own such a basic commodity.
Labour needs a clear vision, communicated through a well-orchestrated media strategy, offering up policies that seem relevant now and in four years' time.... All of this might be achievable if Labour wasn't wracked by deep, emotional divisions that started back well before Corbyn became leader...
Trident is in the news again, and will continue to generate heat in the run up to a parliamentary debate promised later this year on the programme and patrolling posture. But the outcome is clear, pre-determined in the minds of the political elite and to some extent in contractual and diplomatic commitments.
One of the defining characteristics of the political left throughout history has been our willingness to stand up and fight for our values. We've never shied away from political battlegrounds, be they local, national or global. And what the outers somehow fail to recognise is that Europe is just another battleground. The decisions made there affect us profoundly, whether we're part of it or not.
You might conclude from this article that I'm a closet Little 'Englander, but I firmly believe that I'm a little 'Europer. So vote leave, protect roast dinners, French toast, Belgian chocolate and Danish pastries.