We need a party that will stand by trade unions, not cut them adrift as they face yet another damaging setback for workers' rights at Grangemouth. We need a socialist party, a party that will fight as vigorously to defend the rights of the oppressed as the Tories do to defend the pockets of the privileged. Labour used to be these things, but no more.
What should a charity be able to say without being accused of being "political"? I'm comfortable that charities should not be party political. On the other hand, when a charity speaks out about the impact of government policy, whatever the party in power, it opens itself up to attack.
Businesses are facing their own version of this crisis - a cost of doing business crisis. We have now found out that, because of inflation, business rates are going to increase by an average of £430 from next April, at a total cost to businesses of £700m. This is happening year after year - they have already gone up by £1,500 on average under David Cameron.
Spouted so often it's almost become a cliché, the unprecedented attack on the disabled by the coalition government in their continued efforts to reduce the welfare bill has had an impact on disabled people nationwide, whether or not they work or are in receipt of some form of benefits.
Under pressure of budget cuts and economies of scale, prisons are getting fewer and larger, with a drive to close small community and open prisons, build larger jails and add additional capacity to existing establishments. Since 2010 there have been 13 prison closures and a further six still to come.
Hopkins has been rude about fat children and snobbish about working-class ones, but has she ever really done anything which really merits a 30-foot steel effigy of her being burned in front of a baying mob high off toffee apples?
The 25th of October was a day like every other, a bit nippy maybe, but otherwise positively unremarkable. However, for me, and maybe for Grant Shapps it was more significant than your average Friday.
David Cameron once famously promised not to "bang on about" Europe. But 2013 has been the year when the battle lines over Britain's future in the European Union hardened, forcing political and business leaders from across the spectrum to take sides on this issue.
There are many benefits to being a member of the EU; not least the increased rights consumers have as a result of being a European citizen. There are literally dozens of examples where consumers have protections in place, and in some cases such protections are not written down within national law.
I should probably point out that I'm not against the original meaning behind Poppy Day: remembering how Britain twice sent a whole generation of its young men off to be slaughtered, and that future generations should be able to live without the fear of enduring such violence. Yet that meaning often seems to get forgotten as Remembrance Sunday becomes a celebration of jingoism and militarism, where the victims of British aggression in wars past and present are rarely mentioned.
The attacks on the poor, working poor and disabled under the guise of "Welfare Reform" by the Tory-led Government has caused untold damage to households and families up and down the country. It would appear that the Government believes that welfare claimants should pay the most for the mistakes of the financial sector.
Profiteering by the energy companies is no longer a moral issue it is quite literally an issue of life and death for the most vulnerable in society, currently facing the winter with the dread of people who've just been handed a death sentence. Each year over 7,000 people perish in Britain as a direct result of fuel poverty. This is before the most recent price hike.
Who would have thought it? Cutting people's benefits, when there are almost 14 times as many jobseekers as jobs, hasn't sent them all rushing back to work and is causing misery for those families at the sharp end of austerity. The Chartered Institute of Housing's report into the impact of the benefit cap in one area of London confirms what any reasonable person would have guessed. But the headline, that the cap is struggling to meet its aims of encouraging people into work and saving taxpayers' money, is I think rather generous.
This week the European Union agreed to resume membership talks with Turkey. The EU's European affairs ministers, meeting in Luxembourg, said the talks would restart on 5 November, after being stalled for three years...
Prior to the party conferences, Ed Miliband's personal ratings were at an all time low, with even Labour supporters losing confidence in him. More than half of the public did not know what he stood for. Fast forward a month and Mr Miliband is the most popular (read: least unpopular) leader of the three main parties.
© Electoral Commission - Victor the Voter With the next general election approaching in 2015, ...