More than half a century since National Service ended, service is an idea ripe for reinvention. It can give people opportunities and help to strengthe...
Whilst we still have the same old procession, all we'll get year on year is the same-old faces rehearsing the same-old processes with the same-old policies. I'm looking forward to a year when the most progressive thing about the #QueensSpeech isn't just that it is has its own hashtag.
Most people are voiceless because no one is letting them talk or listening to them when they do. There is a lot to be said for quitting being the voice of the voiceless and letting people speak for themselves. But not by those seeking to abolish the sex trade. Words are put into people's mouths when they can be, and when they can't, those people are silenced and dismissed.
We're asking the government to criminalise psychological abuse, coercive control and allow the police to take patterns of repeated abusive behaviour into account so that no one has to feel, like Claire: "I felt that I would never, ever be free. He controlled every aspect of my life, and left me terrified and feeling worthless and alone."
Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.
For far too long, the talk in Westminster has been only of the possibility of a majority government, against that of a coalition. Minority government is the elephant in the negotiating room. "All options are on the table," says one of the Labour leader's closest shadow cabinet allies. "We won't be bounced into a coalition."
As bad systems beget bad systems, good systems beget good systems - that's just the way it is. It is too late for the likes of poor Baby P, but we CAN seek to protect other children who are at risk by supporting MPs who promote this essential state-of-the-art, MIS-powered Super Hospital system model.
Last week I went to the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament. The panelists included professionals in criminal justice, mental health, education, journalism, politics, four school children and (get this) me...
When Rowan Williams uses the word "special" you take note. But when he mentions it three times in one sentence and prefaces it each time with the word "very" we're clearly being called to attention.
As Charlotte says herself, there's a very good reason for the delay and that's because she suffers from dyslexia, which makes reading paperwork difficult. But as a qualified coach, I believe the fact that Charlotte was prepared to put off the paperwork is a sign of her EXCELLENT sense of priority, NOT a sign of poor personal performance.
In our global sports day, Britain isn't doing too well. 65th place doesn't exactly scream success. Even the most supportive parents would struggle to work-up a smile with that performance. As the case has been in Rwanda, the drive towards everyday equality of women has been propelled by the decisions and greater influence of women.
To end malaria we need a commitment from a generation of people to see it through. We at Malaria No More UK will work tirelessly to achieve our aim but I'm also making a call out to you. How do we persuade every day people, business leaders and policy-makers to see this through? To end deaths from malaria - and to end malaria - in our generation.
I have to say that I felt dreadfully sorry for Maria Miller during the recent vicious public 'stoning' over her expenses.
One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.
This week 200 Zoroastrians came together with a few lords, baronesses, sirs, ladies, MP's and friends of their community at the House of Parliament to celebrate their annual spring welcoming festival.
Syria lies broken, bloodied, but not quite dead. Faint flickers of national life before the civil war remain, but these are fast being snuffed out; victims of territorial conflict, over which existing democracy and the soothing voice of international arbitration can exert no influence.