Even though the dust from the 2015 General Election has only just begun to settle, the political news agenda has already shifted to the next public po...
Much of the political talk this past week has been of UKIP's ineptitude. The resignation that never was has now been followed by the sacking that never was, with Suzanne Evans unceremoniously dumped and inelegantly reinstated as a party spokesperson for the European separatists in the space of mere hours.
The results from this last election saw Labour move from Southern discomfort, to downright agony. That doesn't mean that we should give in to despair, or feel that there is no way back. However, it does mean that our party now has a duty to pick a leader that is capable of speaking and listening to people right across the country, especially in the East of England.
Following today's announcement, UKIP has become even more closely linked to the fascist bloc in EU Parliament by way of MEPs from Poland's Congress of the New Right party, whose members now sit both in Farage's EFDD group and the new Europe of Nations and Freedoms.
Ukip believes that TTIP and all trade agreements made on behalf of the UK should be signed by the UK government and ratified by the UK parliament alone. It is important to recognise that the European Union's interests are not necessarily synonymous with the UK interests.
Labour is in a state of crisis. In the opening weeks of Parliament, the SNP appears to be the main opposition to a Conservative Party which is set to push through its program of austerity and make significant changes to the way human rights operate in this country.
"Never trust a man with a beard" goes the ridiculous and unfair stereotype. Still, it is one Jeremy Corbyn MP will be familiar with, so you might think he would have more sense than to resort to desperate attempts to pigeonhole people himself. Apparently not. In an interview with Newsnight earlier this week, he suggested the 3.8million who voted Ukip at the General Election were "motivated by racism". It was as accurate an observation as his beard is duplicitous.
Does anybody imagine for a moment the regulators both sides of the Atlantic will not protect their turf, that they will voluntarily give ground, that big business in the world of crony capitalism really want to see increased competition from small and medium sized businesses?
Despite all their endless rhetoric about "saving" the NHS during the general election last month, Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems are now preparing to throw this cherished institution to the chomping wolves of avaricious American corporations. Nye Bevan, the founding father of the NHS, must be turning in his grave.
There is a real problem for the Labour Party over aspiration and social mobility - and it goes to heart of the major fault lines that exist in its founding... The Labour Party and the trade union movement have a proud record of helping the aspirational. They should be making more of it, not less if it. And Sadiq Khan should be celebrating the social elevation that aspiration and perspiration brought to his life. Without it he would not be a prospective candidate to replace Boris. And we, the public, would not have been able to decide on his merits, or otherwise in the forthcoming mayoral race.
The intolerance towards Ukip's LGBT wing is saddening but also counterproductive; if anyone believes that Ukip's policies are wrong then they should support the pressure applied by Ukip's LGBT wing rather than alienating.
Everyone seems to want Britain to stay. We are constantly told that leaders in business, politics and academia all warn of the dangers of a 'Brexit'. So why did an EU referendum become the focal point of the general election? Why has it become such a desperately important issue?
The 'out' campaign needs to appear positive, confident and forward-thinking if it is going to be victorious in the referendum. Unfortunately for Nigel Farage, those are no longer words with which he is associated.
A cynic's guide to winning an EU referendum for a pro-European Union Prime Minister. So far, David Cameron is following my simple, step-by-step guide to the letter. How much longer will it last, I wonder?
I have always believed, perhaps naively, that in a democracy, if a system is shown to be manifestly unjust and unfair, then those who have the power to address the problem will respond positively. Action will then follow to address the grievance. Alas, this often is not the case.
One has to wonder, when Cameron decided to dangle the hunting free vote carrot in front of a largely uninterested electorate, did he ever think he'd have to go through with it? The question on many people's lips is, why, given the current social and economic climate, is hunting topping the agenda again?