The truth is that we must hold both sides accountable for the extremists in their midst and for the violence that they commit. And the best tribute we could pay to the poor, innocent people who have been killed is a recommitment to genuine peace and justice, rather than a strategy based on, to quote Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "a heavy hand".
Youth MP for Hackney, Ife Grillo, agrees with Cookie that Hip Hop artists can and should do more. He said:
"They have a duty and one way they can do it is through their music, through their messages, through their campaigns and really being the ambassadors that they should be to young people".
One in 50 of the Scottish population is now an SNP member, and that is remarkable, and was a figure unachievable before Eck took control again. The only way to change things politically is to take the battle into the streets, and that is why the SNP will win. All of us have a part to play at the GE next year, no matter how small or insignificant we think it is.
Perhaps we ought to start looking into The Green Party, or even The Animal Welfare Party, or rather than protest voting for the far right, protest vote by destroying our voting slips? Surely anything is better than voting for a party who're no better than the BNP?
If the end of the referendum on Scottish independence was expected to bring a sense of closure and the resumption of normal service, the outcome has thrown up more questions than it has put to rest...
This is not a party political issue. I'm not saying that we shouldn't sort out those deep structural issues holding us all back. In my view, this is absolutely not a substitute for Government aid and I am incredibly proud that the Lib Dems are making it law for Government to invest 0.7% of GDP in overseas Aid. But 21st Century philanthropy is no longer for the astronomically rich.
The devolution debate in the UK is often portrayed as 'London versus the rest of the UK'. In reality, devolving more power and responsibility to London's Government is not just good for Londoners, it's good for the rest of the UK too.
By the end of the Cold War, the West has gotten to know a voice of sanity from Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, or "Gorby" as West Germans tenderly called. He was a smart politician, a politician indeed rather than a supreme ruler of the second most powerful superpower equipped with the deadliest weapons of mass destruction.
The issues which appear most concerning for the majority of the electorate (immigration, EU membership and 'cutting the deficit') aren't the same as issues that concern young voters. In fact, I've found from personal experience, that students and young voters tend to be fairly economically conservative, in favour of a free and growing economy, but also more socially liberal...
We are at a critical juncture. The Bangladesh Accord, the Modern Slavery Act, and conflict minerals legislation in the US and central Africa, are landmark achievements that show that business can be done responsibly and need not take place in the shadows. By dragging its feet instead of building on these achievements the EU risks undermining this progress...
A future labour government could go further: a basic laptop or tablet for all secondary school children. Financial backing for a Code Club at every primary school, like those supported by Battersea's Silicon Junction. Free, fast, national wifi in our country's most deprived, and often most densely populated, communities.
Once again a (barely) ruling Conservative party looks set to self-implode over arguments about Britain's role in the EU.
Domestic violence has long been a hidden issue, not central to political debate, muddled by misplaced shame and a response by the media and even frontline services which far too often disbelieves and blames the victim. The public are now realising we can't go on tolerating a situation in which an average of two women a week are killed by their current or former partner.
Perhaps I'm the last person in the country - but I still like Ed Miliband. More than that, I think he could be a pretty good prime minister. Yes, I know there aren't many of us left, and I want to try to analyse why... According to YouGov, people who dislike Ed Miliband describe him as unconvincing, unelectable, out of his depth, weak and irritating. Those who like him (yes, it's a much smaller number) say he stands up for ordinary people, is intelligent, honest, genuine and decent.
Rather than worry about why education is "languishing" as a lesser order issue, perhaps we should see it as a sign of relative success. When we at Ipsos MORI analyse public opinion, we frequently conclude that Britain is better than it perhaps thinks it is. And, judging by what the experts are saying about teaching and what the students are telling us about their hopes and motivations, education may well fall into that category.
Brand is right that we deserve more from our political system. His manifesto needs considerable work, but as someone who has worked his way up from the bottom, he is more than qualified to throw his hat into the ring.