2016 was a year of referendums. A year when politicians around the world put some of the biggest questions of our time to the people in a bid to settle them once and for all. But rather than heal divisions, many of last year's votes only further exposed our societies' rifts.
Our MPs should consider if Brexit Britain, where fear and violence continue to grow, where the few benefit politically and financially on the back of the many engulfed by poverty, a Britain that allies itself with Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in the interests of this country. MPs must act now, take responsibility and oppose Brexit in the name of democracy.
I'm just back from the small, and in truth not particularly charming, Swiss ski resort of Davos. All week it has played host to the Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where the global elite, experts, pundits and their entourages gather to discuss the state of the world.
France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was spotted last week at Trump Tower, in New York. Whether she was there to meet with President-elect Trump or not, which she and Trump's team declined to say, it is important to understand the danger she and her party represent in Europe.
Why are populist politicians popular today? Because they give people a chance to blame someone else for their problems. The others. The foreigners. The aliens. The people who don't belong to OUR country. If populists are such con artists, why do people fall for them?
It's not too late for both to turn back, to start to talk about positive news, to express understanding for the difficult job both do, to seek to educate and explain and engage with the public both are meant to serve. Here's hoping they will. But with Trump now taking office it looks certain to get worse before it gets better.
Nationalism is another feature of authoritarianism. Trump argues that he will make "America great again". He promises prosperity
We may be far from the United States and Western Europe, but we are not immune to the effects of the recent waves of populism sweeping the world.
Progressives should be unashamedly contesting right wing ideas, even if those ideas are currently popular among voters. The answer to our present predicament cannot be to hide behind the elitist politics of government by experts, or to embrace the politics of racism that underpins all anti-immigration discourse.
We cannot afford to be mere spectators, irrespective of how bad the present situation is, it can always get a lot worse. We cannot allow the far right's narrative of Islam and Muslims being the primary threat to all, go unchallenged. More of us must act, and act beyond our comfort zones, if we are to defeat their narrative.