But in an era of continued cynicism about politicians, whose reputations nose-dived further after the MPs' expenses scandal of the last parliament, and at a time of falling participation in our democracy, Russell's book has a bigger objective than just trying to show politicians in a 'human' light.
All too often students take their own political consciousness for granted, but we must accept the immediate task of nurturing political enthusiasm in schools and colleges. 60% of people aged between 18 and 24 don't vote. The biggest barrier right now is the absence of a basic political education.
We could be the generation to end poverty. For many that statement seems a little unbelievable at least in part because we've heard it all before. But it really is possible - the problem is maybe that we've tended to get too bogged down in the past and thinking that the problem of global poverty is just too big to solve.
This week we have the opportunity to focus aid discussions on what really matters: quality not quantity.
Job-shares should be strongly supported by those who want to see more women elected to Westminster. And their value is not limited to women. Job-share is about enabling both women and men who currently feel unable to participate in politics but have a significant contribution to make.
Who votes on what, when, and why: what if one half of the job share turns out to be a rebel in disguise whilst the other is a party loyalist to the core?
This is about much more than Black Beauty ending up on a plate. If people have indeed been peddling horse meat as beef it is also conceivable they have been playing fast and loose with rules designed to protect consumer health
Partly Political Broadcast is a new, hopefully weekly project between me and excellent filmmaker Ben Hilton. It's a short of burst of comedy, with pointed views about the week's goings ons, which we decided we should do because, well, no one else was.
Within the two-tiered system, asylum seekers waiting for their cases to be heard receive Section 95 support at just over £6 per day while individuals whose cases have been refused but who cannot be returned are on Section 4 support.
As an Australian who has been living in London for 10 years, I feel I have gained what I consider to be an important outsider's perspective.
In reply to the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood's The Huffington Post article published on the 28 January 2013 "what is best for Wales?...
I am turning 24 years old this year, as is the Polish democracy, and I sincerely hope that as I grow older, Poland releases itself from that painful split and comes to my universe.
To enshrine a 2030 decarbonisation budget in law now would place very uncertain costs on the energy sector and on energy users, and may not be the most efficient way of reducing our emissions over the medium term.
Part of the problem in investigating electoral conduct is that it is broadly unquantifiable.
The thing about politicians is - if they're not talking, or furiously thinking of a way out of their latest web of deceit, or maybe sleeping (a swift forty winks on the backbenches, the ultimate power nap), then they're most likely at some or other official function, stuffing their faces with the finest of freebie food and drink.
If you feel something is wrong on a national scale then perhaps you should think about asking your MP to raise the matter at government level.