Monday marked the launch of the 'Great British Procrasti-nation' report: the first ever in-depth look at the nation's procrastination habits. I admit ,I admired the playful pun for a while; it didn't last long.
It's half an hour out of the year to do something productive for society; so feel entitled to take that thirty minutes back by not doing the ironing next week. Take that, social conventions!
New Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is cutting a dash as he jets around Europe economy class. It certainly makes a change to see a leader so seemingly down to earth even if I think he'd look more credible with his shirt tucked in. But as the rest of the Eurozone wonders how to solve a problem called Syriza what are the rights and wrongs of this situation and where can the solution be found?
Ukip is a spectacular feat of failed branding. A triumph of people over positioning - flawed, confused, uncertain people - at a time when we need exactly that. So, with less than 90 days to go until the general election, hurrah for Ukip.
Northfield Talks brought together a wide range of views of people from different ages and different backgrounds - in responses to the survey at the event and in the online discussion that accompanied it. It was a challenging discussion at times but an important one.
It's clear that when the outbreak is finally beaten, major challenges remain for people like Stephen and Mohamed, Edwin and Finda. The three West African countries hit by the crisis will still be desperately poor, with weak health and education services and limited opportunities.
Why are people in this country so turned off voting? Both anecdotally on the doorstep as well as polls and surveys all confirm: people don't think that their vote matters and that voting doesn't make a difference. Yet all of these people hold passionate beliefs and many are angry at social injustices...
When I think about democracy, I think about us. All of us. And however many days there might be 'til the next election is of little relevance because we won't vote our way to the kind of democracy the world needs; we'll figure it out together, where we are.
The simple fact is that if you aren't down on the list you can't exercise your right to vote. And in just three months there is likely to be a closely fought General Election. It could be your vote that makes the difference in your area - after all, in 2010, a handful of seats had majorities of less than 100.
Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage and given the huge increase in the number of children now born via surrogate, it is time for Parliament to introduce a twenty-first century solution that respects both the autonomy and rights of all the adults involved and prioritises the welfare of the child right from day they are born.
Protecting children from harm is an obligation both on parents and families and wider society. Protecting children from passive smoking in cars was up for debate today in Parliament. Liberal Democrats have been at the fore in arguing the case for banning smoking in cars and today Parliament voted to implement the new Smokefree (private vehicles) regulations 2015...
Living with a disability can be expensive, and disability benefits don't always compensate for these costs.
The Labour Party under Ed Miliband and his most un-super sidekick Ed Balls are completely anti-business, a fact that has been demonstrated time and again with policies that treat UK PLC as a tax cash cow, that never needs feeding... So it's no wonder that business leaders across the country are not prepared to stand by and listen to this bunch of liars trying to pass themselves off as having great support from industry.
The right course of action for the next British Government is to devote at least 2% of our GDP to defence, including a real terms annual increase in our defence equipment budget of at least 1%.
The revaluation of a flat tax rate should be considered and implemented upon consideration of how the implementation's effects would benefit the UK, with the inconveniences of the system being amendable within a time frame of five to ten years.
The Government's road building programme needs to be scrutinised and the money re-directed. With public services experiencing cuts like never before there are so many better ways this money could be used. Here are just a few ideas for what you could spend £15billion on instead...