There's something different about Ed Miliband when he steps onto the stage at Labour party conferences. He is, in many ways, an awkward media performer, often garbled, often repetitive, often unclear. Yet, as he showed in Manchester last year and in Brighton on Tuesday, he is capable of pulling a good performance out of the bag.
Ed Miliband's pitch was not to Mondeo man, but to 'Allegro man', inspired by the Austin Allegro car that did so much to cement the decline and fall of the British motor industry in the 1970s. He wants to create an aspirational one nation society through more government taxes, state control and regulation. It is an approach that has always failed in the past and will fail again now.
Ed Miliband is right to put training on the political agenda, but in pointing the finger at firms who recruit skilled migrants, he is attacking the wrong target. The proposal fails to address the lack of training and opportunities for workers in low skilled occupations and sectors, and competition for these jobs between migrants and UK born workers.
Monday's announcement that the next Labour Government will commit to extending free nursery hours for three and four year olds, as well as wrap around childcare for primary school children, will make a real difference to ordinary families. Families, like those in my constituency, who are facing a cost of living crisis under David Cameron.
Although Miliband and Labour are keen to make the economy the main thrust of the conference, redefining the party's relationship with the affiliated unions will dominate the proceedings. In Bournemouth the hopes of a u-turn were not realised; instead Miliband showed a dogged determination to forge ahead with plans to reduce union influence over Labour and its policy-making....
Whether physically in power or not, Labour's reckless spending and their promises for the future tell me many things. One of these is that somewhere between the election in 2010 and present day 2013, the last person in their policy department forgot to turn out the lights before leaving and locking the door behind them.
For two years the humanitarian drive in Syria has been hobbled by the same division, fatigue and confusion that has afflicted the political effort to stop the civil war. Aid appeals have been ignored; access for aid denied; aid workers targeted. Now there are signs of new political cooperation over chemical weapons, and even talk of a revived negotiating process to end the war. They need to be matched by an urgent humanitarian surge - inside Syria and beyond.
Migrants have helped build our economy and staffed our public services. However, there is no doubt that there's been a growing reliance on overseas workers in recent years. That's not a sign of a healthy economy, but a dysfunctional one.
Earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from two of my old bosses from the UK - Kevin Bonavia and Ian Gilbert. Both were writing me for ...
Is it inconceivable that we could see either David Cameron or Ed Miliband forced to form a government with his arch rival in two years' time? As political earthquakes go, this would certainly dwarf the result of May 2010.
In Newham, the borough I was born and raised in, over 3,000 young people are unemployed. Across Britain, one million young people are unemployed. We have been called the lost generation, the scarred generation, the hopeless generation. We are not 'generation y', we are generation 'y is it so hard to get a job?'
Unless your parents can feed and house you in London or the suburbs your chances of surviving as an intern are practically zero. If you are reading this in a public relations office, a fashion house or a media newsroom, look around and you'll see that the workforce in most is far from diverse. However, it does seem that there is growing momentum for change.
The Liberal Democrats will do a lot of talking at their conference in Glasgow this week, so it's worth remembering the single most important truth about them: Nick Clegg has repeatedly said one thing and then done another.
Only the wettest, most malleable, least controversial people make it to the top of modern political parties, and therefore political life generally. They may be 'popular' (read: tolerated) within their chosen party, but in the real world, most people seem to be able to see through the crap that emanates from their mouths and fingertips. Is it any wonder that everyone is so pissed off with "the establishment"?
Graduate unemployment is at an all-time high. When the three major parties meet for their respective conferences this month, they must pledge to invest more in apprenticeships and to drop the ludicrous aim of sending at least 50% of all young people to university.
Theresa May's proposed bond scheme will force visitors from 'high risk countries' apparently identified as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana to pay £3,000 fee in order to enter the country. This visa bond, preventing people from Asia and Africa from visiting the UK, will not only severely impact our economic prospects but will also send a message of hostility to the rest of the world...