In the next five years I will go from being a teenager to being an adult - in the eyes of politics. I will also be a first time voter in the 2020 General Election and as I step into the polling booth for the first time I sincerely want to see more female candidates on my ballot paper than ever before.
The new issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives includes a remarkable admission about a controversial academic paper that wrongly suggested moderate amounts of global warming would have an overall positive economic impact on the world.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. So goes the latest motto of the 'New' Labour party, where Ed Miliband continues to dig his political grave deeper, deeper, and deeper still. All in time for the election. One would think his past indiscretions would have sent him packing long ago..
What we have is bland and complacent two-dimensional politics, where Tories and Labour vie for a mythical centre ground and target policies at handfuls of voters in marginal seats. A fairer system would genuinely shake this consensus and could help diminish the concept of the protest vote, sidelining those who play the system only to stoke fear, hatred and suspicion.
Unlike in a national election, we all live and work in the same place. We are all Londoners. It is our duty as Mayoral candidates to ensure that a good idea, no matter where it originated, is enacted, and is not lost to party politics.
Above all, we must make it clear that Justice and Rule of Law are non-negotiable ingredients of our way of living. This is the legacy left by the Magna Carta Libertatum.
Do I vote again for a party whose values do not correspond with my own, and remain hopeful that Labour will shift back to the left? Or do I move on, vote for a party whose policies I more closely believe in, and hope for a radical shift in the national allocation of seats?
Sometimes it appears as if political comedy has disappeared, at least with regard to 'high' politics. Interest in politics - especially that involving Westminster - has diminished significantly.
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.