Roving Ravi

How many ministers have as much as nine years' experience covering their beat? Probably only a handful in British political history. Tim Loughton had seven in opposition and just over two in government covering the issues that are vital to the future of our society. But that counted for little as David...

I was on Sky News this morning doing the paper review in the breakfast TV slot hosted by Eamonn Holmes, two hits just before 7 and just before 8. Naturally it's wall-to-wall coverage on the riots. Naturally, people are outraged at the complete disregard and wanton vandalism. On what response should...

Just back from Positive for Youth, a "youth summit" in Westminster with involvement from seven government departments. It was a curious event but massively welcome nonetheless. Youth minister Tim Loughton confirmed the government will at long last be publishing a youth policy - one of the key things...

You've got to hand it to Barclays. Fresh from revelations that it managed to pay only 1% of its pre-tax profits in corporation tax, and stories that its chief exec is in line for a £9m bonus, we hear the banking colossus is about to launch the next phase of Barclays Money Skills - its "national financial...

Big congratulations must go to The Sun and deputy political editor Graeme Watson in particular, for his "exclusive" take on my exclusive interview with Sharon Shoesmith. I am just struck down in awe. British journalism at its tenacious best. You couldn't make it up. Could you, Graeme?

Seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq, starved to death by her mother and step-father who have been found guilty of manslaughter, is the latest child protection tragedy to hit the headlines. It's a case that puts a nasty dent into the slow rebuilding of morale in children's social work and child safeguarding...

Channel 4's Tower Block of Commons series, following four MPs as they live with people on some of the country's toughest council estates, was compelling viewing. Compelling because it flushed out how the MPs who were featured really are. This was no TV-editing hatchet job. Tory MP Nadine Dorris was consistently...

I went to the launch of the 'Shout Out for a Sure Start" campaign this morning, which we're supporting. The campaign's being launched by 4Children. Fronting the launch event at the Abbey Community Centre in London were a great big hefty Peppa Pig and a dinky little Melinda Messenger, who is now a mum....

So I trudged home from a gruelling press day this Monday, my bag straining under the weight of the "shortlisted" entries for this year's Philip Lawrence Awards. I was of course, delighted to be asked to be a judge, with the judging session due on the Tuesday. Locked myself away for five hours of intense...

The post of children's commissioner has been turned into a political football Ed Balls has steamrollered the appointment of Maggie Atkinson despite her nomination being snubbed by the children; schools and families select committee. Seems pretty clear that committee chair Barry Sheerman and opposition...