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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,…

It’s all shootin’, fishin’ and trufflin’ when lads and dads go out to play

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this year I wrote a defence of driven shooting and ended by saying I hoped my children would have…

The subtle art of showing off at work

9 December 2017 9:00 am

This has been an interesting year for me. Back in January, I took up a full-time job as director of…

My holiday hell with die-hard Remainers

2 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this on the easyJet flight back from Marrakech, where I have just spent a long weekend as a…

Why did Paperchase bow to a few bug-eyed Corbynistas?

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Last Saturday, the high-street chain Paperchase ran a promotion in the Daily Mail offering two free rolls of wrapping paper.…

It's a jungle in there, Stanley

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Crikey Moses! Stanley Johnson has been cast as the token pensioner in the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me…

Another year, another tax leak – and the usual annual festival of hypocrisy

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Stories about members of the establishment using offshore tax shelters — ooh er missus! — come along about once a…

Why did Teach First take down my blog on genetics, IQ and education?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I had the unusual experience last Sunday of appearing on a panel to defend free speech having been the victim…

Why I hate reading to my kids at bedtime

28 October 2017 9:00 am

All surveys carried out by retail businesses with a view to generating press coverage should be treated with extreme caution,…

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…