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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…

Will my inner party animal ever roar back to life?

25 February 2017 9:00 am

According to a front-page story in the Times earlier this week, your personality does change over the course of your…

Can I bear to sack the digital babysitter?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I was astonished to discover in conversation with another dad last week that he and his wife intended to introduce…

Proof that the arts lobby is wrong about Michael Gove’s GCSE reform

11 February 2017 9:00 am

For the past six years or so a variety of arts organisations have been campaigning against the English Baccalaureate, or…

Do children have a right to term-time holidays?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I feel conflicted about Jon Platt, the parent at the centre of the court case about unauthorised school absences. On…

Would I still hate pontificating actors if they agreed with me?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I feel a bit sorry for Piers Morgan. On Tuesday, Ewan McGregor was due to appear on the sofa with…

Schools are desperate to teach ‘growth mindset’. But it’s based on a lie

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I had lunch recently with an assistant head of a leading independent school and he told me about their ‘growth…

Why we need more universities

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1961, shortly after getting a job as a lecturer at Cambridge, my father had an idea. The faculty buildings,…

How today’s ruling class use meritocracy to stay at the top

7 January 2017 9:00 am

After Sir Stafford Northcote and Sir Charles Trevelyan completed their report on civil service reform in 1854, in which they…

Should I hang myself out to dry again this January?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

And so it begins again. This time last year, I decided to see how long I could last without alcohol.…

Who will rid me of this turbulent beast?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I’m keeping my eyes peeled for one of those billboards saying ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’…

Prepare to tiptoe around generation snowflake in the workplace

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Last week I was asked to give a talk about generation snowflake. This was at a breakfast organised by a…

My daughter’s pop concert tickets were a £150 rip-off

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Last week, my 13-year-old daughter Sasha and her friend Tess were taken by her god-father, Sean, to see Catfish and…

Teachers won't like it, but I've discovered a way to fix failing schools

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago I joined forces with Sir Anthony Seldon, the vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, to run an idea…

My Pointless performance brought shame on The Spectator

12 November 2016 9:00 am

I give an after-dinner speech occasionally called ‘Media Training for Dummies’. That may sound condescending, but the dummy in question…

Looking after my dog Leo is a full-time job

5 November 2016 9:00 am

I’ve just spent a day looking after our one-year-old vizsla and, to be blunt, I have some sympathy with Michael…

In defence of Zac Goldsmith

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m baffled by the reaction to Zac Goldsmith’s decision to resign as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park. It is…