Quietly, David Cameron is dreaming of another coalition (and scheming for it)

28 March 2015

A few months ago, the Tories were thinking of a minority government if they didn’t win outright. Now that’s changed


Alex Salmond sets out his terms for Ed Miliband

28 March 2015

‘The alternative to doing a deal is not doing a deal’ – just prop him up and bleed him dry


Lord Freud: the man who saved the welfare system

28 March 2015

Despite Labour’s attempts to have him fired, the welfare minister is a model public servant

Special Representative of the Secretary-

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

28 March 2015

Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely

Yoga For Dancers

Belle Gibson and the pernicious cult of ‘wellness’

28 March 2015

We’re too eager to believe in the power of lifestyle change


In praise of messy old kitchens

28 March 2015

Minimalism and obsessive hygiene are killing the heart of the home

Unity Mitford

‘You are always close to me’: Unity Mitford’s souvenirs of Hitler

28 March 2015

Hitler’s adoring notes to Unity Mitford – and her family’s campaign to stop my book


The return of the fountain pen

28 March 2015

They’re not just historical curiosities – the design these days is vastly improved, and sales are increasing

London Black Cab Drivers To Protest Over Uber Taxis

That’s not a ‘sharing economy’: that’s an invitation to sell your whole life

Uber and Airbnb are brilliant at cosy rhetoric, but they’re helping to create a world in which we’re all less secure

Let there be light: Saint Peter’s at dawn

Rise early to see the Vatican at its best

28 March 2015

‘Before hours’ tours show you the masterpieces without the crowds – and they’re not that expensive


A jobs miracle is happening in Britain, thanks to tax cuts. Why don't the Tories say so?

21 March 2015

If a jobs boom also creates demand for immigrants, it is apparently too embarrassing to mention


How we drive our children mad

21 March 2015

If Britain really does have a youth mental health crisis, it’s not hard to see why


A lesson in bias on private schools

21 March 2015

The ‘rigorous review’ for DFID of private education in poor countries is anything but


I know just the vicar for my parish church. Pity he’s fictional

21 March 2015

Church of England recruitment ads are full of leftism and management speak. Here’s what I’d prefer


The real Iran-US deal is happening in Iraq

21 March 2015

In the battle against Isis, two separate spheres of influence are emerging

Cheeky Squirrel

What to do with a squirrel (without getting prosecuted)

21 March 2015

Well, you could set it an obstacle course. Or serve it up with shallots

The guilty man: Johann Strauss

Vienna is a crossroads of the world again – but something’s missing

21 March 2015

A city of dark doorways and guilty secrets, Vienna is beautiful, romantic, but never nice


The end of childhood - what we lost when we dropped the age of consent

14 March 2015

For a society obsessed with paedophilia, we're disturbingly comfortable with sexualising childhood

Melinda Gates, Clinton Foundation Release Report On Status Of Women And Girls

Why Hillary Clinton always seems to have an inbox full of scandal

14 March 2015

Hillary’s presidential race will be over an obstacle course


Andy Burnham interview: 'I wanted a different approach, because I'm mainstream Labour'

14 March 2015

The shadow health secretary on NHS scandals, Hillsborough and his party's leadership


Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?

14 March 2015

It’s clearly not about animal welfare. But then it never was

Detail relief depicting warriors on horses, from Palace of Ashurbanipal, Nineveh, Iraq

When Isis destroy ancient monuments, it’s not always true that ‘people are more important’

14 March 2015

Civilised people balance the short-term interest of one generation against the values enshrined in the past, and the right of future generations to share that past


Sorry, but I can’t hate Atos. Here’s why

14 March 2015

When my Employment Support Allowance was stopped, I was angry and upset. But looking back, it was a turning point in my life


Exciting new ways of not writing a novel

14 March 2015

Procrastination used to be an honest business – cleaning the bath, putting CDs back in their cases. Now we have Google

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

The teachers who (quietly) miss Michael Gove

14 March 2015

Yes, he’s unpopular – except with the people who can see the results