It is infuriating that a forward policy towards Europe, though favoured by the public and silently shared by the leaderships of the three main parties, gets shredded by media and political expediency.
Under this Tory-led Government our environment has seen non-stop degradation and decline. David Cameron told us that he would lead the 'greenest Government ever' but like so much else with this Government all we have are broken promises.
Rather than ill-conceived, reactionary measures, Mr Cameron should realise it's not a lack of access to data that's preventing better detection of terrorists: Instead, put more resources into analysing the data and what to do with the access they currently have:..
So, for the record: we are not trying to win, but to change the democratic system; and we are not setting up a new party, but hoping to improve how MPs represent the electorate, whichever party they are aligned with.
The failure to stand up to political pressure from the US has been catastrophic. But my fear is that unless the Chilcot report is published, quickly, we will not alter our foreign policy accordingly. Old habits die hard: David Cameron still attaches enormous importance to the style of his reception in the White House, while Ed Miliband worked extremely hard to gain the approval of the US President last summer... We owe our armed forces more than this. We owe their families an explanation. And we owe our country the right to hold their leaders to account: we must sort the delays and publish Chilcot before the election.
Gone are the aggressive spin doctors, replaced by Gok Wan and his team of make over stylists, convincing Ed Miliband that a Hoxton fin, skinny jeans and Superdry T shirt is the ideal look to convince the electorate of Beaconsfield to vote Labour.
The stigma of addiction is a pernicious and inhumane phenomenon. The continuing description of drug addicts as criminals rather than people who are unhealthy or sick prevents them getting well and consigns their family to years of misery and often destitution. Addicts should be treated and supported into recovery. Their entrapment in criminal justice is a waste of police time, a waste of the state's money and dissuades addicts from revealing themselves for treatment for fear of the criminal consequences.
To be truly radical, the Greens should insist on work for all who want it and income for all who need it, expounding the humane maxim, from each according to ability, to each according to need.
The thing is, politicians are getting their priorities all wrong. They're running around photoshopping campaign posters and trying 'out-norm' each other on Question Time - while what they should be doing is sitting down with a pie, some gin and and the Game of Thrones box set.
In recent years, the Great British political game has become a truly sordid affair. The actors in this game rely on tenuous, unsupported statistics; they all bend the truth as far as the truth can be bent; and cheating is encouraged, as long as neither team are found to be cheating.
Until taxpayers are able to see how much of their taxes go to the NHS and can explicitly see that amount increase every time more is spent on health, then the NHS will remain degraded as a subject of mere political point scoring. Voters will be unable either to make serious judgments as to whether they are getting value for money or hold politicians to account as they throw out whatever numbers they choose in the usual election time silly auction.
Whenever a general election is in sight, party strategists waste no time in analyzing how best to threaten the competition. Often, such maestros will flock to the political archives, tracing the tracks of past elections in the search for a tactic that will lead their party to victory...
When taking public transport in the UK, we complain about delays, engineering works, and a lack of air conditioning. On the route from Bukavu to Uvira, the threat of forest fires, bandits and death by machete is a daily reality...
I understand the need for diplomatic niceties to be observed. That's why when a royal head of state dies, I'm perfectly happy for one of our royals to attend the funeral. But why on earth do we have to send the prime minister as well? ... Wouldn't it be nice if, like Germany, we could halt our arms sales to what is undoubtedly one of the nastiest regimes on the planet. And when the new king dies - he's already 79 - perhaps we could send Prince Charles on his own. I'm sure he'd manage just fine.
Greece has elected Europe's first far-left government of modern times. Spain looks set to put in power a party which didn't exist five years ago. Labour is about to be wiped out in Scotland, the place of its birth. The Tories are terrified that Ukip will do the same to them in their own heartland. Are these all just local disturbances, or different symptoms of the same crisis?
Perhaps I am wearing green-tinted spectacles but Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas present differently. They conduct themselves with integrity and respect. They are not fueled by negativity, nor are they obsessed with defending their records. We can argue they have nothing to defend, but maybe that's more of a reason to support them.