Status anxiety

Sadly, no school can teach true grit

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I am currently wrestling with a dilemma. I have agreed to contribute to a panel discussion on character education at…

The Harvey Weinstein scandal threatens to engulf Hollywood

14 October 2017 9:00 am

According to an ex-employee of Harvey Weinstein’s, the movie producer once whispered something to himself that she found so disturbing…

What is Boris Johnson up to?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where I can report that Boris Johnson, who has just wowed the…

Do one in four girls aged 14 really suffer from depression? Probably not

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

Can evolution solve the mystery of why Jeremy Corbyn did so well at the last election?

23 September 2017 9:00 am

One of the mysteries of our age is why socialism continues to appeal to so many people. Whether in the…

Care about the poor? Then why not recommend the values that serve you and your friends so well?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Last month, two law professors named Amy Wax and Larry Alexander published a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer praising ‘bourgeois’…

My 12-year-old is hooked on shooting and I want all four kids to learn

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I spent Monday morning being taught how to use a shotgun at E.J. Churchill, a shooting ground in High Wycombe.…

Spare me the encomiums for John Le Carré

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Absolute Friends, one of John le Carré’s lesser works, the central character explains his rebirth as a left-wing firebrand,…

Ignore the half-wit experts – the new GCSE marking system is as easy as 1,2,3...

26 August 2017 9:00 am

The amount of nonsense being talked about the new GCSEs in English and maths, whereby exams have been graded 9-1…

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,…