Women Pickets

The equal pay bomb that could wipe out public sector jobs

29 March 2014

Birmingham's £1 billion settlement on 'comparable jobs' makes outsourcing look very attractive

A street in Madrid: there is something more interesting behind the sunny façade…

The right way to see Madrid

29 March 2014

It's not the idealistic, innocent city you might walk through at first. It's more interesting than that


How to buy your way into the British establishment

22 March 2014

Money isn't quite everything. But it's getting there

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin  l

Putin is making the West's Cold Warriors look like fools

22 March 2014

For all the anti-Russian rhetoric, we've been exposed as posturing, weak and divided


Is Hamas finally losing its grip on Gaza?

22 March 2014

With Egypt closing the tunnels, its economy is in trouble


The joy of less sex

22 March 2014

I used to think nothing would ever be more important. I was wrong


I don’t want to rate the restaurant. I want to rate the date

22 March 2014

Why are customer satisfaction surveys always for the wrong thing?


Why working class grandparents are better than middle class ones

22 March 2014

Working-class people do grandparenting right. Middle-class ones, increasingly, don't


When I pick the right share, I shout about it. And here’s what I do when I get it wrong...

22 March 2014

The confessions of a newspaper stock tipster


The bull market is five years old. Does that mean it’s nearly over?

22 March 2014

Share prices have had a long rise, yes – but not an exceptionally steep one


How to tell a tech bubble from a tech revolution

Technology investing has come a long way since the dotcom bust

Marte Armitage's ‘Cobweb’ in turquoise and taupe, available at Hamilton Weston

I never thought I'd write about wallpaper. But I'd never seen wallpaper like Marthe Armitage's

22 March 2014

These hand-printed patterns aren't just charming or even lovely – they're magical


I always defended Michael Gove. Then I met him

15 March 2014

My fellow children’s writers hate the Education Secretary. Now I finally understand why

Chemistry Class

Teacher training’s war on science

15 March 2014

There’s an increasing amount of evidence about how we learn.But you won’t hear about it at teacher training college

The Prime Minister And Education Secretary Open A Free School In Birmingham

Schools need freeing from the right as well as the left

15 March 2014

And free schools are doing that

Netanyahu Meets With Cameron

Israelis don’t care that we hate them. But they’d like to know why

15 March 2014

Travels in the Millwall of the Middle East


The battle against the dog police

15 March 2014

Councils are banning dogs from places they’ve been walked for generations. Here’s how owners are fighting back


Crimean notebook: ‘They’ll have to break all my bones to make me a Russian citizen’

15 March 2014

Where the men with unmarked uniforms walk the streets, rebellion is stirring

Paris in the springtime: the Jardin des Plantes


15 March 2014

No city really multitasks like Paris, shorthand for romance, culture, fashion, gastronomy and the kind of street life you find on Robert Doisneau calendars. The £69 Eurostar return opens up… Read more


Europe's 'new world order' is letting Vladimir Putin run riot

8 March 2014

Pax Americana died six years ago. We're now seeing what has taken its place


Today Crimea, tomorrow Estonia?

8 March 2014

In Estonia, what's happening in Ukraine looks painfully familiar


Is any kind of sex still taboo in literature?

8 March 2014

Yes. But there are novelists working on that…


Patrick McLoughlin on HS2, rebellion and Ukip

8 March 2014

The Transport Secretary and former miner admits High Speed 2 won't be through parliament by the next general election


How the politically correct garden grows

8 March 2014

Beauty and pleasure have made way for moralising


Simon Callow’s notebook: What it’s like to lose at an awards ceremony

8 March 2014

Plus: Being Shakespeare (and Mary, and Judas, and Pontius Pilate)