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My voting card dropped through the letter box last week along with a load of other bumf. But like so many other young people, I might just bin it with the junk mail. Uninspired by any of my local candidates, whose sole aim seems to be to suck up to the grey vote, I'm pretty sure that whoever triumphs in the early hours of May 8 won't make a iota of difference to my life.
It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.
Housing is already shaping up to be one of the key issues in the manifestos and in the election campaign. That's great. But the headline issue in the Conservative Party manifesto is a promise to extend the Right to Buy. This is comprehensively the wrong solution. In fact, as a measure to end the housing crisis, this is just about the worst idea yet.
The political parties seek to differentiate themselves on issues such as the NHS, immigration, the economy, mental health, education, nationalism, the environment, austerity, and much else. But science rarely seems to rank as even a second-tier area for political differentiation...
Conservatives should be hoping that there's a candidate in the race who's campaigning for stronger families and small businesses, a stronger middle class and reduced concentration of power. A Warren candidacy would be so much more interesting than the dynastic machine politics of Bush Mk III v Clinton Mk II.
Nice guy, Joey Essex. Modest too, or at least he gave a convincing impression of being an unpretentious Essex-boy when he turned up for a chat on my Sunday morning radio programme Pienaar's Politics. No small feat, considering the star of the hit reality show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) was surrounded by a small army of camera operators, producers, fixers, publicists and, for all I know, food tasters and hair-gel bearers , when he joined my guests and me in the studio and talked politics for 15 minutes.
'Sexting' is playing an increasingly insidious role in young people's relationships. So there is clearly a need to educate children about the risks of this behaviour to them and other young people whose images they share.
The amount of data that government agencies has is enormous. It is not a massive leap for this to be used to place on the electoral register those deemed eligible to vote.... If Labour wins the general election we will begin working on plans on how we can introduce automatic voter registration. But before then, we're stuck with the current system.
Alastair Campbell deserves congratulations on an engaging text that can help other talented and committed people with potential for success to become winners themselves.
At Milton Keynes College we have a strapline: Transforming lives through learning. It is so much more than a strapline - we really believe in it and ...
In recent weeks, we have celebrated International Women's Day and mused over Lord Davies' latest 'Women on Boards' report. 'Women in the workplace' has been a topic right at the top of the global agenda...
With Beyond The Ballot, HuffPost UK wants to spark a national conversation on the three urgent issues which have largely failed to make a pinprick in the Westminster bubble - the failure to deal compassionately with mental illness, the silent millions stuck in the extortionate rental market, and the cack-handed efforts to regulate and censor the internet. Crucially, we're using our What's Working approach to look for solutions to these hard-to-tackle topics, to pin down politicians on concrete policies they think will solve these pressing problems. We are calling for an end to meaningless 'we need to do more' rhetoric.
Increasing NHS funding by £3billion, £8billion, £Xbillion - lovely. But where is it going to be spent? Will it be a repeat of the winter pressures funding where hardly any actually got to struggling A&E departments and GP surgeries? Another round of reorganisation will soak the whole lot up.
So we're just under a month away from the General Election and I find myself already bored of the endless news coverage, with absolutely no excitement or anticipation about who will be running our country come the morning of the 8th of May.
Whether Langley's campaign will be helped or hindered by the revelations that he is also known as Johnny Rockard in the porn industry, is yet to be seen. Either way, it seems unlikely that it will play no part in his electoral successes and failures. I suppose in more ways than one, it is a hard one to call.