As a disabled person myself, and one who has needed to fall back on the benefits system at different times during my life time, I think it is time that the truth was told, both about the figures and how the distortion of the truth is impacting on the lives of real people.
There are other victims of the recent changes in immigration policy which have received far less attention. Amongst these are the non-EU spouses of British citizens earning less than £18,600. The government has targeted this group with the justification that their financial position makes their spouse a burden on the public purse.
The anti-government protests in Turkey have made one thing clear: Erdogan, the Prime Minister, is not listening to his focus group. As any business owner knows, the thing about focus groups is that you don't always get to choose them. And with new media, you certainly don't get to choose who rates and criticises you in the public sphere.
Do we leave space for asexuality when we talk to our children and teenagers about sexuality? This could be crucial for a young person trying to come to terms with their asexuality at an age when they would be expected to raging with hormones.
Imaging sitting with friends on a relaxed night out and asking if any of them want to keep working until they're 70: there will be a purveying glumness and descent into depression at the thought. However, this is the reality facing many people today in the UK, with statistics showing that less than half the population (48%) are actively saving for retirement.
On a whim I replied to an advertisement from a photographer looking for models to take part in a project linked to London's LGBT Pride celebrations. The photographer was looking for representations of the classic gay stereotypes - jocks, twinks, daddies, uniform etc. I applied for the role of 'jock'.
Of course politicians are unlikely to vote for change that's not in their interests. If we want participatory democracy, we'll have to change the system ourselves. So, 650 members of the Ordinary People Movement will aim to represent the 42% of voters who want to participate by standing for election on a platform of constitutional change.
Nawroz shivered as I spoke with her, her dark hair dripping and her thin red top soaked through. Her husband queued at the registration desk in a sodden tee-shirt. But her baby daughter, Ava, was warm and dry. She gurgled, grabbing my fingers tightly, as I played with her.
The internet is everywhere, and you can't realistically shelter your kids from the online world in entirety. The local news even discusses social media and encourages viewers to go online for more information, and schools are relying more and more on the Internet for research and even independent student projects.
It is a great testimony to the resilience of Amy's family that soon after her death they decided to work on retaining her legacy by setting up a new charity in her name, with the aim of preventing the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.
The statistics for women 'on the tools' in construction - that means actually doing it rather than managing or supervising - is pitifully small. And even more of a shock, this hasn't changed since I trained as a carpenter and joiner over 30 years ago.
Government must engage with these businesses to secure the future sustainable growth of our economy. These business leaders have weathered arguably the worst recession in the last century and come out as survivors. As one such business leader I feel it's high time that we focus on these 'champions' of industry,
The craziness of the last few days has been remarkable. The media pose as lobbyists. A gaggle of MPs appear to break Parliament's own rules. They do so on camera. And the result? Politicians call for the urgent regulation of lobbyists. Lobbyists. Not politicians - lobbyists.
The attack on pensioners' allowances leaves a big question hovering over the future of the welfare state: is it for everyone, or just for the poor? William Beveridge's 1942 report, the cornerstone of our welfare system, advocated a universal and contribution-based welfare state in the laudable hope of cementing social solidarity.
Recent reports suggest that about two in five of all victims of domestic abuse and violence are men, contradicting the widespread impression that it is almost always women who are violated. Because of that men assaulted by their partners are often not taken seriously or ignored by police.
Had the anti-fascists spent a minute looking at the BNP protest they would have seen 50 tired, haggard middle-aged men barely worthy of a passing car horn let alone a huge counter demonstration. Some of them could barely string a sentence together. I asked one man waving a flag why he was there. "They're killing our soldiers, aren't they..." He could offer no more by way of reasoning.