Opponents of Europe and defenders of the status quo alike will seek to keep this issue out of the hands of young people. But if this referendum is to truly settle the question of Europe for our generation, they must be enfranchised.
Thousands of LGBT people in Ireland are having their lives and future happiness put to the public vote today. For those of us who have canvassed, gone door to door knocking and phoning friends and family, today has been gut wrenching.
While commentators from both Right and Left continue to encourage the false belief that social democracy is still possible in the national context, the public's confusion and its disaffection with politics can only worsen. Meanwhile, I'll be working with our MPs to deepen parliament's and citizens' understanding of the need for global solutions. We'll let you know how we get on.
Middle-aged, white and male. The 'most diverse Parliament ever' is beginning to undermine this stereotype of politicians, but can the same be said of the new government?
The anti-abortion movement in Britain has largely failed. The public is pro-choice, and indeed favours a more woman-centred framework than the 1967 Abortion Act currently allows. Every parliamentary attempt in recent years to restrict access to abortion has been defeated. All should be well. But the new government has many members who voted in favour of these defeated restrictions. Indeed, their voting records suggest this is the most anti-abortion government in living memory. So what will this mean for women in the next five years?
You see, when you distil aspiration down you get a rather unpleasant residue. Aspiration, in the current political context, is essentially giving people an equal opportunity to be unequal. It's Capitalism's catchphrase.
According to Harriet Harman, MP for Southwark and Camberwell, the 'fuscia's bright' for the Labour party. Arguably, the same applies to the whole of the UK's political spectrum. As the results of the UK general election rolled in on the 8th of May, there was a clear victory for women in politics.
Am I really to believe that I now live in a society that is increasingly growing into a 'screw you, I'm alright Jack' community - I do hope not? But...
In short, Brexit would be economic masochism. Yet, it is the asset-rich who, for once, bare its fiercest consequences. It strikes me odd that the left don't consider this fact... Those of us who are passionate about social democracy should now very seriously consider voting for an EU exit.
We need to navigate another approach in order to break down the "them and us" mentality. Both government and the disability sector should explore how we can both reframe the debate and work together to deliver a good life for disabled people.
I like charity. I give to charity but like everyone else I hate the harassment of it all. Whether it's on the street or being visually mugged of your tears on Comic Relief I really get aggravated by that.
The SNP is, to a large extent, sustained by their powerful concept of a political-theological paradise. If unionists across the United Kingdom really want to defeat Scottish nationalism a truly inspiring and profound alternative to the paradise of independence is desperately needed.
Though faced with an unenviable heap of political dilemmas, especially regarding our country's size, shape and place in the world, David Cameron and his colleagues would do well also to pay attention to one of the most important long-term drivers of social progress: science.
This week Sajid Javid announced new measures to support entrepreneurs and job creation in his first speech as Business Secretary. Cutting red tape by £10billion would make an almighty impact on the growth of small businesses and I hope this rhetoric has lit the flame for a future all-encompassing entrepreneurial Britain. This is the start of a very exciting journey for us all.
I agreed that having spent the previous few months spent photographing migrants in Calais I was an unlikely candidate to be asking to document the UK Independence Party and their leader Nigel Farage's 2015 election campaign, but it felt important to me to try and understand their point of view. One way or another they said yes. We all regretted it pretty quickly, but by then my limpet-like qualities had started to exert themselves; I might very well drown on the way but I was clinging on until 8 May.
The "Baby of the House of Commons" speaks for most young people, I think, in urging for a more co-operative democracy that responds to the many and not the few. It's this accessible kind of politics that can turn five damned years into a period of progress, although it's up to us to make it happen.