For all the challenges facing governments and their economies around the world equality for disabled people is not just a big part of the answer; it is the entire margin of victory. To deliver the cultural change required to make disability issues mainstream we need consumer power and the global reach of business to grasp this agenda.
We will tackle the populists head on, because not only do they seek to divide, they make empty promises they cannot possibly deliver and then threaten western liberal democratic values when they fail. Together let's move Europe forward and ensure it works for everyone.
Our country needs to heal. And this was a vote for hope. Hope that we can be so much better than a country which looks inwards, turns its back on those who need help the most, and elects politicians who pursue policies of divide and rule. We can, and we must, put our differences aside and work together for the good of our country because when we do, that is when we will see real change. The result in Richmond Park has shown both that a new politics is possible - and that we can make it happen.
The people who have the strongest desire for power tend to be the most ruthless and least compassionate individuals. And once they possess power, they usually devote themselves to entrenching, increasing and protecting their power, with scant regard for the welfare of others.
Despite the warnings about the secrecy, the impossible timetables and the financial imperatives surrounding these plans the Government seem determined to press ahead with them. When the plan for your area is released the questions outlined above might be ones you want to ask your local "STP lead" about.
When launching the Government's green paper on schools' reform in September Justine Greening announced that by enabling new grammar schools to be built the Government were "putting the interests of working class people first and building a meritocracy". But will this be the case?
It seems that we are being told, across Europe, that we should not support populist movements because they are not in the interest of the elite.
It is widely understood that London needs to increase its housing supply in order to meet demand for new homes. However, what is also important is ensuring that there is enough infrastructure to support these new homes. But in outer London, all too often this is not the case.
Small Businesses are responsible for 60% of jobs in the private sector. They are where many of the good well paid jobs must come from now and for our children, including my own children. They are the engine that turns over £1.8 trillion a year for our economy. In short, our small firms are crucial to the success of the British economy. Small businesses are essential as we attempt to navigate Brexit, and are best placed to harness the innovation and entrepreneurialism we need to take charge of our future in an uncertain world.
Members of Parliament don't need to have all the answers. Better if they don't. But the onus is on them - as elected representatives - to start an urgent conversation with people about how to reshape our economy for a richer Britain. If citizens sense this could be the beginning of a new participation, then 2016 could yet go down in history as the start of a revival of Western democracy.
Just suddenly, between the gathering crowds, a shaft of light. Some will think that Guy Verhofstadt's suggestion that British Nationals should be able to belong to the EU by paying an individual subscription, much like belonging to a club I suppose, is a good idea. Others will think that it is a bad idea. The important thing about it though is that it is an idea.
As the work begins and the dust starts to settle on this year's Autumn Statement, I think we can see it as a real shot in the arm for infrastructure, R&D and innovation. These measures should see a real return in terms of productivity and growth. They should, too, help the UK keep up in telecomms developments. And they present a great opportunity to push even harder on urban innovation, so our companies can continue to develop and sell world-beating products and services that help cities thrive.
Although the new Lib Dem MP Sarah Olney is also against a third runway, I believe the defeat of Zac Goldsmith will send a strong signal to both the Government and Heathrow Airport that the public opposition to it is much less solid than they had expected.
On this issue it is not the Bill that the solicitor profession would have written, but it is a significant improvement on where we began. In the ever-evolving national and international debate on surveillance, privacy, and the powers of the State, the Law Society will continue to advocate passionately to ensure everyone retains the right to speak in safety with their lawyer.
Has the tide turned? Is Sarah Olney the harbinger of a bright new dawn, a better future? Not so fast, my friend, not so fast... The Lib Dems' grande dame Shirley Williams claimed on the eve of the Richmond Park poll that a Lib Dem win would 'change the political weather', just as her victory in Crosby did 35 years ago. I'd love to think she was right. But at least the result should strengthen the resolve of those who want to slow the rush to a Brexit disaster. The battle has only just begun.
My goal, from interior designer to film producer, was to open a window into the dark reality that exists in the abhorrent trade, and to expose the truth of this crime and how it effects those trafficked and enslaved against their will.
"That's all very good, but what about the jobs?" It's an argument that campaigners inevitably come across when debating Trident or arms exports to oppressive regimes. It's not limited to the usual suspects either, it comes from all angles; including the trade unions, the media and politicians from all parties.
Before Zac took the seat, let's not forget that Susan Kramer and Jenny Tonge held the seat for the Lib Dems: there are thousands of Lib Dem voters in Richmond - the challenge will be getting the vote out today. So, don't be too surprised at either the prospect of a Lib Dem victory or its impact: reframing the narrative around Brexit.