Examining his speech from an English perspective Undoubtedly the style of Ed Miliband's speech on 2 October 2012 at the Labour Party conference was l...
Politicians are very often described as "out of touch". This is a claim I have always been slightly suspicious of. By the very fact of being elected, it is politicians' job to be in touch. In my experience, constituents come to their MPs with the widest imaginable range of problems.
There's a question that has been bobbing around like a party balloon since it was first aired at the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos: would the global financial crisis have occurred if, instead of Lehman Brothers, there had been Lehman Sisters.
I won't lie. I was starting to give up on humanity. I was feeling generally miserable about recent reports of record amounts of melting ice in the Arctic, Mitt Romney's eternally moronic campaign in the US and our current situation of ever rising economic destruction and damning of human rights by the Coalition.
Mounting disappointment in the Tories hasn't seen increased Labour enthusiasm.
Those of us who campaign for the powerful to pay their taxes are delighted with the cross-party MPs' report because it sets out the shocking facts on tax and poverty with admirable clarity. It also calls on the Government to stop making excuses and get on with helping poor countries collect the taxes they're owed.
Louise Mensch playing the 'kids card' and relinquishing her Conservative tenure as the representative for Corby and East Northamptonshire makes for interesting news in a fortnight filled with Olympic success and British pride. And yet, I can't help but raise a cynical eyebrow at the ambitious blonde's reasoning for this ill-timed decision.
My dilemma is that the same argument can be made against state-assisted dying and the death penalty.
Who are our MPs? The proportion of Parliamentarians coming from manual occupations, for example, has steadily declined.
George Osborne is undeniably a political animal. He has had numerous political coups like in 2007 when his inheritance tax cut pledge helped spook Brown into bottling the election, but there is a serious job to be done.
According to Cameron the Tories back those workers while Labour are busy backing the shirkers. If that's really true then based on definitions and the PM's logic, Milliband is backing the Conservative Party and Cameron is far more Red than Ed for supporting the labourers. These are the people running the country remember?
The House of Lords is an anachronism, albeit sometimes a very pleasant and extremely eccentric one, and should be reformed.
In a recent Westminster lecture David Miliband warned that, "for many people, politics is broken" - a sentiment rooted in the mistrust of politicians since the expenses scandal, the privileged backgrounds of many of our leaders and the apparent loss of ideology in British politics.
Despite warnings from digital rights groups, privacy advocates and experts in the tech world, the government has gone ahead with their plans for blanket surveillance measures on the internet, including controversial practices such as deep packet inspection.
They are not eligible to vote and most of them live thousands of miles away from the nearest EU country, so there was no reason for MEPs to even take an interest. Still the European Parliament took a key role in preventing thousands of seals being killed for use in luxury products.
Belonging to and campaigning for the Lib Dems is now not merely fruitless, but positively destructive. For all the welcome crumbs they have pilfered from the Tory table, history will surely remember today's Lib Dems for supporting a brutal austerity government.