In ten years’ time Oxford and Cambridge universities could be shining examples of social diversity, their student bodies reflecting the exact composition of the British population, a few sons of aristocrats educated alongside the children of benefit claimants from Teesside and a greater mass of suburban middle classes; all of them learning how to rub along with people of different cultures, attitudes and accents.
Local authorities are slashing vital services, but keeping extravagant offices and salaries – and handing blame back to David Cameron
Let no one say this is not a redistributive government.
Ross Clark loves cross-country skiing – but it doesn’t love him
Why is the government wasting a billion on technological pie in the sky?
With or without global warming, Britain is disappearing into the sea. We must invest more in coastal and river defences
Ross Clark and his son enjoy the spartan pleasures of a walking tour in the French Alps
The bubble may have burst, says Ross Clark, but a crash looks unlikely. For now, property remains a sensible investment — better than sticking cash in a low-interest account
The marvels of French rail travel are a myth, says Ross Clark. Travelling by TGV is a rip-off — and the customer service is appalling
As a student, the future Lib Dem leader eschewed politics and trained as a thespian. It was the ideal preparation for a modern politician, says Ross Clark
American healthcare makes our system look good, writes Ross Clark. But however revolutionary Barack Obama’s health reforms are, Americans will still pay through the nose
If the government is running fewer services than ever, why does the public sector continue to grow, asks Ross Clark
Ross Clark on a supposedly ‘model’ Tory authority which has, behind the scenes, left elderly homeowners to suffer at the hands of private contractors
We all once hoped that freedom was a necessary condition for economic success, says Ross Clark. But in fact Chinese prosperity seems linked to increasing authoritarianism
Cameron’s inclinations are to help the rich and the ‘romantic’ poor and do little for those who’ve bettered themselves, says Ross Clark. But can he rely on the middle-class vote?
Ross Clark says it’s not so much the Prince of Wales who has put the mockers on this controversial Qatari-backed development, but the grim economics of the credit crunch
Just how do you Google-proof your house? How do you stop spotty nerds in Nebraska, not to mention burglars and kidnappers, from homing in on your property and nosing around your living room? Or for that matter, how do you stop your local council, as several have done, hiring a helicopter and spying from the air to find some pretext for raising council tax?
Labour has such a blind spot for business that it cannot distinguish between honest enterprises and near-criminal scams like car-clamping, says Ross Clark
The big story of the European elections was the failure of the Lib Dems, says Ross Clark. Aspiring young politicians should sign up to Labour now with a view to running the country
I’m your man for the job, Chancellor
Ross Clark says that we mustn’t underestimate Boris’s greatest achievement: to have frozen the GLA precept without affecting services is a triumph
Ross Clark looks ahead to Gordon Brown’s summit at which he will try to revive his own political fortunes, found a new global economic order and stage a Bretton Woods for our times. No chance: the whole thing is an expensive sham
Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling rail against bankers’ bonuses. But, says Ross Clark, the really appetising salaries, perks, expense packages and pensions are to be found in the public sector. A terrible reckoning lies ahead for the last fat cats
A formula for fecklessness
We are divided into two nations once more, says Ross Clark. Reckless borrowers are helped by government bail-outs, while those who have sacrificed to save are abandoned