When all things are taken into account, the UK is investing almost nothing in its economic future. The Coalition government may have conjured some temporary growth, but this will disappear without much more new investment and if we want to avoid long-term decline we need to act right now. The hard fact is that productivity growth in the UK has ground to a halt and there's a very simple reason for this: the UK, for the first time since the start of the Industrial Revolution, has virtually stopped investing in the type of economic activities which are capable of delivering increases in output per head of the population.
We aim to start a conversation on how Europe can engage directly with the problem of far-right extremism. It is a conversation about solutions.
We will always remember what happened on 31 August 2014, as we will always cherish memories of 1 May 2004 when Poland became a member of the EU. When Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter "The European Council has elected prime minister Donald Tusk as the next president of the European Council and Euro Summits,"
The press has a role to play in scandals of this type. We need them to highlight this kind of horror and help us try to understand how such sickening events can continue for so very long unhindered. But we need them to do it responsibly. Deciding that one person is to blame for a situation which has been going on for decades - and is probably going on in other areas of the country too - does them no credit.
As a northerner I believe we are Better Together. I am bound to say that I suppose, but I really do believe the UK is better together. I think that the bonds and shared history that hold us together rises above the endless facts and figures, many of which are directly contradicted by the other side, we hear being bandied about in the debate. I guess the ferocity of the debate shows one thing, that this vote matters. I think Alex Salmond for his many, many talents, has failed to articulate a coherent case for why Scotland should be independent.
We now have only 20 days before we make the biggest ever decision for Scotland. It is not one that will have an impact only this year, or for the next five years, but one that will decide the futures of our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren and many generations to come.
The Home Secretary, Theresa Kitten Heels May, has announced that The Threat Level had been raised from "Casual insouciance" to "Run to the hills". On the five point gradation of fear, we are now at the second most terrifying, leaving only "Abandon all hope" to go.
The fact that just 44% people under 25 voted in 2010, compared to 61% overall, is part of why those same voices were not the focus of this year's Coalition budget. Pointing that out is not to say that voting is the only way to have a political voice. For young people social media is becoming an increasingly important tool. Yet those that get the biggest response - from the middle class parents to countryside campaigners to pensioners and so on - make both these efforts. At a time when so many issues, from the cost of housing to university tuition fees to unemployment, impact heavily on Britain's youth there is an urgency to tackle this trend.
The Tory-led government is undermining a national institution, privatising a vital public service and opening it up to the market, all in the name of competition, without any real thought for the repercussions of their actions on the millions of people who rely on it every day.
Despite London's housing crisis being one of the black marks on Boris Johnson's mayoral legacy, the key to making housing in our capital more affordable is straightforward and widely agreed - to increase supply and ensure this supply is genuinely affordable to your average person.
For years, questions were asked about Scotland's EU status if a Yes vote transpired. The European Commission repeatedly refused to answer the 'accession versus succession' issue, not wanting to deal in 'what if' situations or influence anyone's democratic decision. So succession was always a possibility because everything is technically a possible if there is no definite confirmation of its impossibility. Confirmation or not, there were still warnings about the hurdles and potential EU-related costs accompanying Scotland's separation from the UK.
Our decision on 18 September is one of the utmost importance. It is perhaps the most important political choice we will have the power to make in our lifetimes... some of the things we believe that this debate is not about; points which should no longer be allowed to dominate discussion and which can, at their worst, serve to obscure the true nature of the choice we are making.
Darling's assertions that Salmond's claims about revenues from the North Sea are bullish are true. The last few weeks have seen a bewildering range of claims not just by the politicians but by experts who seem to have been drawn into both sides of the debate.
Every time something cruel happens, the reflex is go into the rattle bag of clichés of condemnation. What that does is prevent serious thought about the politics and ideology behind the decision to fly a plane into the World Trade Centre, murder Daniel Pearl in Pakistan because he was Jewish, and now butcher James Foley because he was American.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information on changes in self-employment, and confirms what we have said for years: the increase is an issue more of desperation than any 'entrepreneurial spirit'.
The Nationalists care more about breaking the political union across the UK than preserving the common benefits of the economic and social union. Their vision is for two countries - Scotland and England - competing against each other with lower taxes, lower terms and conditions and lower wages. A race to the bottom.
This forthcoming debate is an exciting step in combating the cruel practice of irresponsible, unethical breeding of puppies and kittens in the UK, as well as the perfect opportunity to raise awareness, and educate the public about choosing a dog responsibly ie from ethical breeders e.g. Kennel Club Assured Breeders, or by adoption from legitimate rescue organisations.
Trafficking continues to be a global epidemic, with 600,000-800,000 men, women and children trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2013).
Behind all the spin, there is a growing interest in how the coming election might actually be contested. Many look to the US for some indication of what developments might feature in the 2015 campaigns.