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This junk study proves nothing about helicopter parenting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

An academic paper by a group of child psychologists caused a stir earlier this week. ‘Helicopter parenting is bad for…

Paying women for housework? Here’s a feminist proposal I actually like

16 June 2018 9:00 am

According to a new study published by some feminist academics at the Australian National University, women risk damaging their health…

How to cope with unsold tickets and empty halls: my advice to Owen Jones

9 June 2018 9:00 am

My heart goes out to Owen Jones. The left-wing journalist is one of the headliners at a Labour party fund-raiser…

Why have I bought a car I don’t actually like?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I am currently in Brittany with the family, having made the 11-hour drive from London on Monday. It sounds like…

The BBC makes Jeremy Thorpe’s downfall a very enjoyable scandal

26 May 2018 9:00 am

As a conservative, I wasn’t sure what to make of the news that the BBC was adapting A Very English…

The left’s ‘gammon’ slur just shows conservatives are winning

19 May 2018 9:00 am

I was disappointed by the reaction of my fellow conservatives to gammon-gate. For those who haven’t been following this mini-scandal,…

What the education system needs is more marketisation, not less

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Towards the end of 2009, shortly after I announced my intention to set up England’s first free school, I debated…

Here’s what every incel needs: a sex robot

5 May 2018 9:00 am

In a recent blogpost, an American economics professor called Robin Hanson asked why it is that income inequality is regarded…

Uganda is saving its gorillas – but there’s a human cost

28 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m currently in Africa, about to go gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a large primeval forest located in…

How to get your child into the best state school: an insider's tips

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Monday was ‘national offer day’, which means that more than half a million parents across England were notified about which…

I used to think I was smarter than my wife. Not anymore

14 April 2018 9:00 am

According to new research published in Advances in Physiology Education, men tend to significantly overestimate their own intelligence whereas women…

A very British response to a death at a funeral

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Something very odd occurred at a funeral I attended last week — somebody died. I don’t mean the person who…

Genetics and the truth about private schools

31 March 2018 9:00 am

A paper published last week in an academic journal called npj Science of Learning attracted an unusual amount of press…

If Corbyn wins, emigrating to Israel is my clear escape route

24 March 2018 9:00 am

I’m currently in Israel on a press trip organised by Bicom — the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. Bicom…

Dawn Butler spoiled one of the best days of my life

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Last Saturday was shaping up to be one of the best days of my life. Freddie, my ten-year-old son, had…

We are being destroyed by tribalism. Let’s get rid of it

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Amy Chua’s latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, is a difficult read for anyone who…

World Book Day is here again. God help us

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For parents of primary school children, the first Thursday in March has got to be the worst day of the…

My children have turned my weight loss into the Stanford prison experiment

24 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve become obsessed with my BMI. For those of you who don’t know, it stands for body mass index and…

Peter Rabbit ‘allergy bullying’? I’m allergic to all this constant outrage

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I’m often surprised by what people are offended by. Like the makers of Peter Rabbit, the new animated feature from…

In today’s brave new world, fat is a high-tech issue

10 February 2018 9:00 am

I have a confession to make: I’m a yo-yo dieter. For the past ten years, I’ve lost a bit of…

My dislike of Blue Peter made me into the man I am today

3 February 2018 9:00 am

When I tell my children about my own childhood, they often express disbelief about how wretched it was. No Xbox?…

Toby Young: I’ve been unmanned by a tennis brute in bright pink

27 January 2018 9:00 am

As regular readers will know, Caroline has developed a fanatical interest in tennis and is currently captain of the ladies…

Why my pet dog Leo had to go

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Readers may recall that the Young family welcomed a new addition to the household about two years ago: a Hungarian…

Kids addicted to their screens? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Over Christmas, Caroline and I finally snapped about the amount of time our children were spending on their screens. If…

The real reason I’m a target for the twitchfork mob

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Shortly after midnight on 1 January my phone began to vibrate repeatedly. Happy New Year messages from absent friends? No,…