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Hunt-the-iPhone was the highlight of my summer holiday

19 August 2017 9:00 am

For years, Caroline and I have been squabbling over where to spend our summer holidays. Her ideal is a family-friendly…

Don’t like Google’s diversity agenda? You’re fired!

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week, a technology website published an internal memo written by a Google employee called James Damore criticising the…

Parents, not schools, are key to our children’s knowledge gap

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has just published a report looking at the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged 16-year-olds…

How Rupert Murdoch made Jeremy Corbyn

29 July 2017 9:00 am

For our 16th wedding anniversary, Caroline and I went to the Almeida Theatre to see Ink, a new play about…

Winter is nearly here – bring on the body count

22 July 2017 9:00 am

As a Game of Thrones fan, I feel ambivalent about the fact that the saga is finally wending its way…

My wife’s revenge has me at break point

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Fifteen years ago, when I was The Spectator’s drama critic, Caroline used to complain that she had become a ‘theatre…

The trouble with diversity training? It’s complete hokum

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Is diversity training snake oil? According to its proponents, women and minorities are not competing with white men on a…

J.K. Rowling’s schizophrenic politics

1 July 2017 9:00 am

On the face of it, there is nothing complicated about the politics of Harry Potter, who made his first appearance…

The writers of the Guardian’s ‘Brexit Shorts’ have swallowed Project Fear

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week the Guardian launched ‘Brexit Shorts’, a series of monologues written by Britain’s ‘leading playwrights’ about the aftermath…

Nick Timothy is a Tory visionary – he deserves a second chance

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I first met Nick Timothy in July 2015. He had just been appointed director of New Schools Network, the free…

All hail Comrade Corbyn – I recognise greatness when I see it

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Comrades. I’m going to tell you why I think Jeremy Corbyn is the right person to lead this country. First…

Universities and the birth of a new fundamentalist religion

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A leading article appeared in Nature last week in defence of intelligence research. It lamented the fact that it is…

Fraternity, solidarity and the spirit of 1945

27 May 2017 9:00 am

My father worked as a fire warden during the Blitz, trying to contain the damage done by the Luftwaffe, and…

Whether you look at leaders or voters, Labour is now the stupidest party

20 May 2017 9:00 am

John Stuart Mill is usually credited as the person who first called the Conservatives ‘the stupid party’, but that isn’t…

Magical thinking isn’t a political position

13 May 2017 9:00 am

I’m due to debate the philosopher A.C. Grayling on Saturday about whether there should be a second EU referendum on…

You’re an editor now George Osborne... it’s time you made some enemies

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Dear George Osborne, I thought it worth passing along some advice about your new job. I’ve never edited a news-paper,…

Theresa May will win this general election because she’s the only grown-up in the room

29 April 2017 9:00 am

My heart soared when I first heard the phrase ‘progressive alliance’ in this election campaign. Not the reaction you’d expect,…

The real victims of this snap election? The bankers’ wives

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The people I feel most sorry for in the wake of Theresa May’s shock announcement are not moderate Labour MPs,…

The best thing about Center Parcs? The Wi-Fi worked

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Against my better judgment, I agreed to go to Center Parcs for an Easter weekend break. We chose the one…

Did my father predict the populist revolts of the last year?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

I’ve just made a programme for Radio 4 about the populist revolts that swept Britain and America last year. Were…

An away day with foul-mouthed football fans is very heaven for my sons

1 April 2017 9:00 am

I can barely contain my excitement. The Easter break is nearly upon us and I will soon be heading off…

Should conservatives fear new working-class support? Some clearly do

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In America, an argument has broken out among journalists, writers and intellectuals in the aftermath of the presidential election about…

The weird ways in which people avoid cleaning up after their dogs

18 March 2017 9:00 am

One of the most important debates in Britain’s history took place in Westminster earlier this week. The issue was absolutely…

Victory in sight for the free schools revolution that I helped to lead

11 March 2017 9:00 am

I’m not surprised the Chancellor allocated more money for the free schools policy in the Budget. It’s not an exaggeration…

Never tell a joke that your enemies can twist

4 March 2017 9:00 am

When Kingsley Amis won the Booker prize for The Old Devils in 1986, he said that he had previously thought…