No sacred cows

How could any woman fail to be won over by my new cinema room?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

As Christmas approaches, fighting has broken out in the Young household. No, I’m not talking about my three boys, aged…

Must try harder: Labour wants to reverse a decade of progress in education

7 December 2019 9:00 am

If education rather than Brexit or the NHS was the biggest issue in this election campaign, the Tories would be…

Panto should be about escapism, not saving the planet

30 November 2019 9:00 am

If you were hoping to escape the bilge that’s been pumped out by supposedly neutral organs of the state during…

Prince Andrew should have married someone like my wife

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Like many people, I watched Prince Andrew’s Newsnight meltdown with mounting disbelief. Why had he agreed to do it? It…

Why does someone keep sending me furniture?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

When a new vacuum cleaner was delivered to my house last week I assumed it was a belated birthday present…

40 years on, Life of Brian has made the world a darker place

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I went to the Battle of Ideas at the Barbican last weekend, a free speech festival organised by the Brexit…

Universities don’t need to be lectured about racism

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I’ve been contacted by a professor at a leading Russell Group university who is worried about the spread of progressive…

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The Intellectual Dark Web is more liberal than you’d think

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In February last year, Spectator Life ran an article by Douglas Murray on the arrival of a new group of…

The real reason Nicola Sturgeon is campaigning against Brexit

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon, who claimed this week that ‘Scotland is rich enough, strong enough and big enough’ to take its place…

You have to laugh at Extinction Rebellion

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I ventured out into Westminster earlier this week to take a look at the Extinction Rebellion protest and it reminded…

Is it time to revive our play about Boris’s sex life?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where Boris’s attempt to ram home the message that he’s the only…

Abolish private schools? Bring it on!

28 September 2019 9:00 am

I cannot recall a week in which Britain’s private schools have received better PR. The Labour party has pledged to…

David Cameron is more authentic than Boris Johnson

21 September 2019 9:00 am

I don’t recall exactly when I first met David Cameron, but it must have been in Oxford in 1985 shortly…

How John Bercow saved me from Short Man Syndrome

14 September 2019 9:00 am

I think my colleagues on the pro-Brexit side of the aisle have been a little unkind in their response to…

The political pact that could save Brexit

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If there is to be an election before we leave the European Union, some kind of non-aggression pact between the…

Must try harder: education is still a vote loser for the Tories

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The reluctance of the Conservative party to take credit for the success of its education reforms is a source of…

I’m back on the ‘public humiliation diet’ – thanks to my kids

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I’m on holiday with my family in Turks and Caicos, and maintaining my current weight is proving difficult. Regular readers…

By taking on grouse-shooting, Labour is risking rural jobs

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The Glorious Twelfth this year, signalling the start of the grouse-shooting season, was overshadowed by a Labour party press release…

Donald Trump isn’t to blame for America’s mass shootings

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme wasn’t in any doubt about who to blame for America’s latest bout…

I’m considering joining the police – they need me

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I was driving to Gunnersbury Park last Sunday for my weekly 10K run when I caught the tail end of…

If you want a pro-Boris pundit, please pick me!

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The changing of the guard at 10 Downing Street always creates opportunities for the commentariat. I don’t just mean it…

I’m starting a trade union for intellectuals

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I have just returned from Minneapolis after attending the annual conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research. That’s ‘intelligence’…

I love Boris for not firing me when I wrote a play about his sex life

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, Lloyd Evans and I received a note from Boris. It was the press…

Scotland and Wales have much to learn from England’s education reforms

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I’ve contributed a chapter to an education book published this week by the Institute of Economic Affairs. I was asked…

Britain is becoming more meritocratic, not less

29 June 2019 9:00 am

You have to admire the Sutton Trust’s PR skills. For those who don’t know, the Sutton Trust is a social…