Today's Justice Select Committee report into safety in Britain's prisons reveals a crisis in mental health, with rising levels of self-harm, drug abuse and suicide. A few weeks ago, prison officers at Wormwood Scrubs walked out because they could not guarantee safety for themselves or the prisoners. Yet Justice Secretary Michael Gove seems incapable of action.
On Wednesday the Queen will go to the House of Lords and give a speech, written by the Government, which will outline the laws it will try to get approved by Parliament in the coming year. The occasion won't be all flummery and fancy-dress, although there's quite a bit of that. The Queen's Speech is an important moment in the Parliamentary calendar. It is intended to tell Parliament and the public what the Government wants to do next...
In the last year we have seen this Government lurch from crisis to crisis, falling out with everyone from NHS staff, to local authorities, to teachers, and even falling out amongst themselves over the European Referendum. They've been so preoccupied with firefighting, that they have shown us nothing in the way of a vision or a long-term strategy. This Wednesday they have an opportunity to change that when they announce their plans for the next year in the Queen's Speech.
I genuinely believe that if we all accept the challenge and collectively find the drive, the energy and the bravery to see this report through, we can achieve great things that will benefit everyone in this country now and for generations to come.
If Plaid Cymru does not seize leadership now, it will be harder for them to do so in the future. Likewise, if people vote against a Brexit, the SNP and Ukip lose the opportunity to use the results as a platform to launch their next electoral campaign on. If people vote to remain in the UK, the SNP and Ukip will have to play on the par with traditional parties, where the asymmetry of power is significantly tilted against them.
The route to achieving improvements to prisoner education is hedged with risks and pitfalls. But it is the right journey to be embarking on, and Dame Sally's vision for a prison system with education at the heart is a great way to start. I, and the rest of PET, looks forward to working to support prison governors, officers, teachers and prisoners themselves every step of the way.
If successful, a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship will also help address ex-prisoner unemployment and welfare dependency, as well as create further employment opportunities while generating tax revenues. Most importantly, however, it will give ex-prisoners the fresh start they desperately need and surely deserve.
Vote Leave cannot credibly deny the fact that a leaving the EU would be a leap in the dark that would put the UK economy at risk. A vote to stay is a vote for certainty and to secure jobs, lower prices and financial security for British families.
Through the EU-Turkey deal, Europe is sending a troubling signal to the rest of the world: countries can buy their way out of providing asylum.
Richard Dearlove is in a lonely place. Arguing that Britain is at risk within the EU sets him against the most recent former chiefs of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ as well as every other NATO member and former NATO Secretary Generals. They have all made clear that Britain is stronger, safer and more secure remaining in the European Union.
It was genuinely good to see Mr Corbyn speak last Saturday and, I'm guessing, like a good many of the audience I felt myself warming to the man. Listening to his speech which ranged from trade unions to apartheid to the poll tax I saw something which many of his biggest supporters already get: his genuine, fundamental decency. But that, for me, is where my problem lies.
Remember the 2010 election? Remember David Cameron's pledge not to have another top down reorganisation in the NHS which was soon rendered meaningless by the Health & Social Care Act? Well the Tories have learned from all the negative publicity that harmed them last time by seeking to undertake their latest reorganisation away from public scrutiny.
As we saw in the Scottish independence vote, fervent SNP social media use failed to translate into victory. It's not too much of a caricature to say that for one British social media advocate, there are scores of quiet characters who will speak decisively on voting day only. We'll have to see if social's role in the EU referendum campaigns is merely noteworthy, or a decisive game-changer.
The Government has announced an ambitious penal reform agenda, the detail of which will become more apparent after the Queen's Speech this Wednesday. However, with all the best will in the world, the impact of these new reforms will be stunted if the fundamentals are not corrected first.
Men, women and children in shanty town refugees camps on the border between two of Europe's wealthiest nations! It should not be normal and certainly not permanent - it should shock us all.
If you are a progressive, it is time to make your voice heard. It isn't progressive to treat Europeans better than Indians, it isn't progressive to keep Africa poor, it isn't progressive to treat democracy with contempt and it certainly isn't progressive to tax sanitary products. Say it loud and clear, it is time to Get Britain Out.
We are the fifth largest economy in the world, have always punched above our weight and should be proud of it! With the shackles of EU membership removed the opportunity for growth and negotiating our own trade deals are huge - which means more jobs and better wages.
I know some will find my decision not to re-stand for the leadership hard to understand, and I've been moved by the generous words of support from many party members and supporters urging me to continue, but I hope that my decision will help make it clear that the Green Party doesn't operate like other political parties, with a steep hierarchy up which many are seeking to scramble, while those at the top defend their positions. We're a team, we work together and support each other.
The irony that Boris played the Hitler card is stomach churning when you consider Adolf would have loved both his blond hair and his extreme right wing politics and he would have hated Jeremy Corbyn.