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Nicola Sturgeon protests too much about Alistair Carmichael

30 May 2015

I couldn’t believe it when Nicola Sturgeon called for the resignation of Alistair Carmichael, the former Scottish Secretary, over his role in the leaked memo affair. As readers will recall,… Read more

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It's hard not to gloat, but I'm trying my hardest

23 May 2015

I was disappointed to hear Andy Burnham on Marr last Sunday declare his opposition to free schools. He put plenty of distance between himself and Ed Miliband, even admitting Labour… Read more

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There is only one way to rescue the BBC

16 May 2015

After I failed my O-levels and decided to leave school, my father suggested I go to Israel to work on a kibbutz. I’m not sure why he thought this would… Read more

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Satire is dying because satirists are too successful

9 May 2015

I appeared on Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago to discuss the age-old question of whether political satire is dead. I don’t think it is, but it has lost… Read more

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My Brasenose college reunion was great (even if David Cameron didn’t turn up)

2 May 2015

A couple of weeks ago I returned to my old Oxford college for a ‘gaudy’ — posh, Oxford-speak for a reunion. This one was for those of us who came… Read more

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Fatherhood is killing me

25 April 2015

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about his authorship of Labour’s 1945 manifesto, his invention of the… Read more

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The Green party manifesto is even crazier than you’ve heard

18 April 2015

I’m disappointed that Ed Balls’s suggestion that the Office of Budget Responsibility should audit the parties’ manifestos was never taken up, not least because we will never know what Robert… Read more

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as the general election approaches. One suggestion is the second leg… Read more

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Lefty myths about inequality

4 April 2015

As a Tory, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality recently. Has it really increased in the past five years? Or is that just scaremongering on the part of the… Read more

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How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the results of the YouGov daily tracker poll due to be… Read more

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I’m working to make education fairer. But I’m still not sure what ‘fairer’ means

21 March 2015

Civitas has just published an interesting book called The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools. Edited by Anastasia de Waal, it’s a collection of essays by the usual suspects… Read more

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Could my son Charlie become a Premier League footballer?

14 March 2015

My son Charlie was scouted by QPR last week. I say ‘scouted’, but that’s not quite accurate since he’s only six. Rather, a man claiming to be a member of… Read more

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My plan for Question Time: mug up and fail anyway

7 March 2015

I was invited on Question Time this week, which gave me a few sleepless nights. Natalie Bennett’s disastrous interview on LBC was a reminder that appearing on a current affairs… Read more

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If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that his father would stand down before the next election. My… Read more

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I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and benefit from public goods and services, then you should pay… Read more

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Immigration, not money, will improve Scotland's most deprived schools

14 February 2015

I suppose we should be thankful that Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged there’s a problem with Scotland’s public education system, even if she’s hit upon the wrong solution. Earlier this week,… Read more

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Like Arthur Daley playing Garry Kasparov: why I won’t miss Harry Redknapp

7 February 2015

I can’t say I’m surprised by the departure of Harry Redknapp. Since I started supporting Queens Park Rangers in 2008 we’ve gone through seven managers — 13 if you count… Read more

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Come on, Tristram Hunt, if you think you’re hard enough

31 January 2015

For a brief moment earlier this week, I thought education might become an issue in the general election campaign. The Commons Education Select Committee’s lukewarm report on the government’s academy… Read more

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Page 3 was harmless. Here’s why I’ll miss it

24 January 2015

‘I for one would be sorry to see them go,’ wrote George Orwell. ‘They are a sort of saturnalia, a harmless rebellion against virtue.’ He was writing about the seaside postcards… Read more

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David Sedaris was right: litter is a class issue

17 January 2015

David Sedaris is my new hero. Not because he’s such a funny writer, but because he’s obsessed with litter. He told a group of MPs last week that he spends… Read more

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The misguided bid to turn Alan Turing into an Asperger’s martyr

10 January 2015

When I first heard the story of Alan Turing in my late teens I made what must be quite a common mistake. I concluded that his conviction in 1952 for… Read more

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Why I failed in my New Year’s resolution to unite the right against Ed Miliband

3 January 2015

This time last year, I wrote an article saying my main project in 2014 would be to unite the right. That is, I would start a political movement that would… Read more

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What will it take to live up to my father’s Great Life?

13 December 2014

I received a phone call the other day that I wasn’t expecting. It was a BBC producer calling about a Radio 4 series called Great Lives, presented by Matthew Parris.… Read more

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Don't want paternity leave? Soon, you may not have a choice

6 December 2014

Earlier this week, the law changed to enable men to share the leave that women are currently entitled to after the birth of a child. From 5 April next year,… Read more

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If you want an argument against state-school-only Oxbridge colleges, just look at me

29 November 2014

I read with some interest the proposal for Oxford and Cambridge to set up state-school-only colleges in the Guardian this week. As someone who was educated exclusively in the state… Read more