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...
The relative lack of opposition to austerity in the UK is in part the result of nifty metaphor-mongering by the titans of coalition spin. They've brought us 'scroungers and strivers', 'shirkers and workers', 'debt is dangerous' and 'welfare is a drug'. 'The nation has maxed out its credit card', they say. 'Austerity is a necessary evil'.
This week saw a steady stream of Labour MPs use Treasury Questions in the Commons to challenge George Osborne and his all-male junior Ministers on the impact of their policies on family incomes and child poverty.
The success of Germany has been founded on a willingness across the board to look long-term and to seek commitment to shared goals. The country's experience shows that such an attitude can help tackle the most serious of difficulties.
Most members of trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party would NOT vote Labour if a general election were held this week, according to a YouGov analysis taken on the eve of Ed Miliband's speech to the Trades Union Congress.
I've just watched his speech to the TUC. It shows that Ed is determined to open up our politics and involve ordinary working men and women in our party. Anyone who thinks that these people dominate the Labour Party - its selections, elections and decision-making - are not living in the real world.
As pupils began and returned for the start of the new school year, the true extent of David Cameron and Michael Gove's primary school places crisis has been revealed this week. More than three years into this parliament, the warnings have been loud and clear for some time. The responsibility for this crisis rests squarely at the door of this government.
Like that embarrassing uncle who ruins every family social gathering with his propensity for saying and doing the most outrageous things, offending everyone in the process, up pops the former prime minister in a recent interview with the BBC lamenting the recent parliamentary vote which led to Britain's historic break from Washington's coattails on the matter of military intervention for the first time in a generation.
It tells you all you need to know about Labour that these MPs are so bound by party ideology that they won't support their own constituents aspiring to make a better life for their children. Because that is what education is about for Conservatives - aspiration. And it is something Labour just don't get.
I am a firm advocate of our right to free speech in the UK. However, this right must be balanced against other human rights. And in this instance it must be balanced against the right of the people of Tower Hamlets to a peaceful home free from people whose sole aim is to create hostility and incite racial hatred.
n twenty years the Welsh high street will no longer exist. This is a statement which should send shivers up the spine of the Labour-led Welsh Government as well as communities across Wales. The high street is more than simply a collection of shops on the side of the road; it is the backbone of the local economy which extends into regional growth and national stability.
The government's flagship Universal Credit programme is in deep trouble. Iain Duncan-Smith has repeatedly claimed that the project is "on track". He is utterly out of touch with reality, and that's why things are going wrong. He would have done far better to come clean about the problems.
Our solution is different to the one proposed by the Taxpayers' Alliance. Labour is committed to introducing a Jobs Guarantee, funded by a bankers' bonus tax and restricting pension tax relief for those on the highest incomes.
It is increasingly clear that Alex Salmond will say and do anything to get us to vote for independence. For months we have heard him say that there is £1.5trillion worth of reserves remaining in the North Sea. Yet this week it emerged that this is based on dodgy figures which show a fundamental misunderstanding of the sector. This is a blatant attempt to cook the books in order to fool the Scottish people.