This is not the nicest of days, so in that context I thought I'd present a few random political thoughts! Very briefly, at Westminster it was one where the Conservative Party publically re-embraced Thatcherism, where One Nation Labour struggled to emerge further yet held on for life, and the United Kingdom Independence Party continued its long march to significance...
It was the tabloid's reaction, along with senior Tory MPs, to Vince Cable's evocation of Enoch Powell in bemoaning the current immigration panic that was inconsistent and fragmented- both accepting the negative connotations of Powell, while pursuing his modern equivalent. It also showed why Denis MacShane will be missed in public office...
At the European elections next May, voters will face a fundamental choice about what kind of country they want Britain to be. An inward, backward-looking country that pulls up the drawbridge on its allies in Europe and attempts to navigate the challenges of the 21st century alone. Or one that is willing to embrace international cooperation in the fight against organised crime and new threats such as cyber-attacks, human-trafficking and online fraud...
Free-market (neo-liberal) capitalism has been the dominant type of capitalism for the last three decades; it failed spectacularly to predict the 2008 global economic crash, the second largest economic crisis in history, after the great depression.
In Kent, we are now the official opposition with seventeen county councillors, with our strong areas being South Thanet, Folkestone & Hythe, North Thanet, Dover & Deal and Sittingbourne & Sheppey. We will be fielding strong candidates in each seat, one of which will be Nigel Farage.
Sherborne is a postcard of upper and middle-class tranquillity in Dorset. Famous for its historic abbey and private schools. But Sherborne is a Potemkin town. Look beyond the superficiality and the poverty is very real.
The Autumn Statement, which morphed into a mini-budget some time ago, is an opportunity for the chancellor to offer some red meat to a restless party whilst also setting the stage for Budget 2014, which will lock down the coalition's economic narrative ahead of the general election.
When direct evidence emerges of a conspiracy stretching back years to blacklist trade unionists and prevent them from working, no inquiry is deemed necessary. When a few wealthy executives are reminded of the damage their decisions do to people's lives, it is apparently a gravely serious matter that demands urgent attention.
You know things are starting to look up with the economy when debate turns to possible interest rate rises. With recent unemployment and GDP figures suggesting the long-awaited upturn may well be here, it was with great pleasure that we were able to announce, at the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, that entrepreneurs agree a new era is afoot.
It is bandied about by the press that the 2015 general election will be competitive. Naturally, sustaining such a narrative sells papers. However, when observing the statistics with an impassive and unpartisan mindset, one realises that not only is the general election Labour's to lose; it is almost inconceivable that the party could lose it.
I believe that we can take a lot from the Opposition Day Debate on the Bedroom tax. The coalition's Government majority was cut to only 26 and our views were represented in the House of Commons. It is a step in the right direction.
The Lib Dems were given the opportunity to go some way to salvaging some political credibility this week by voting for a Labour motion against one of the most vile policies ever visited on the poor and economically disadvantaged in many a year. They chose not to and hopefully now political oblivion awaits.
On Friday last week, Business for Britain - the campaign for a better deal with the EU backed by over 750 leading British business people - released details of the largest and most comprehensive poll yet conducted of UK business opinion on our relationship with Brussels.
Does this indifference to the current political system mean I'm not interested in our country and its government? Of course not. If a party came along that expressed views that met my own or close to, then I would be first to the ballot. It isn't about apathy, it's about believing the current system is wrong.
Prior to the party conferences, Ed Miliband's personal ratings were at an all time low, with even Labour supporters losing confidence in him. More than half of the public did not know what he stood for. Fast forward a month and Mr Miliband is the most popular (read: least unpopular) leader of the three main parties.
© Electoral Commission - Victor the Voter With the next general election approaching in 2015, ...