Social class

Why marriage is increasingly for the royals – and the rich

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Weddings are out of fashion, but only at the bottom of the scale

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…

Charlotte Hogg belongs to boardrooms’ real endangered species

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Tesco chairman John Allan provoked feminist fury by telling would-be non-exec directors, ‘If you’re a white male, tough: you’re an…

An obituary for the Bullingdon Club, by one of its old boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Cameron and Osborne made my old university club famous. Now it has died of overexposure

What do Ralph Lauren’s imaginary aristocrats eat? Now we know

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is in the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store on Regent Street. It is rare that fashion…

Why do the middle classes let posh people be so rude?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Why do the middle classes let posh people get away with so much?

Dear Mary: What can I do when a richer friend pleads poverty?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. I recently made an arrangement with a flaky friend from university to go to my gym together. Half an…

There is a dangerous new snobbery – but it’s not from Remainers

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Yet another kind of snob Sir: May I offer another definition of a ‘snob’ to the one described by Bryan…

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…

I should never have been ashamed to love Status Quo

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I bought a record in a second-hand shop in the summer of 1981. A double album. I made sure nobody…

The restaurant I’ll go to when the world ends

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Harry Morgan is a Jewish delicatessen and restaurant in the style of New York City on St John’s Wood High…

China's Eton envy - why they love our posh boys

24 September 2016 9:00 am

China’s new rich look on Britain’s ancient public schools with awe – and envy

Inside David Cameron’s personal Brexit

17 September 2016 9:00 am

In the days following David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister, Michael Gove tried to persuade the Cameroons to back Boris…

Trump is right about America’s rigged system

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The sense of grievance he has tapped into is real – and justified

My fascist moment on the ship of failures

3 September 2016 9:00 am

There are no roads from the Peruvian river port of Iquitos, but the rich take aeroplanes. Those who cannot pay…

Why today’s middle classes buy such stupid stuff

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but middle-class rules now require that every dinner party cheeseboard must contain at least two…

Brexit’s making many of us less British

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I suppose I could probably get a Polish passport. Both of my maternal grandparents were Poles, displaced by war and…

Help! I’m falling out of the middle class

9 July 2016 9:00 am

For some of us to rise, others must fall. Apparently that means me

Cliveden is now a museum of snobbery

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Cliveden is a good review for a divided country and I have waited, not too long, for it to feel…

Brexit voters are not thick, not racist: just poor

2 July 2016 9:00 am

How the little people of Britain gave the elite a Brexit bloody nose

A new home for Old Labour — with the Tory right

25 June 2016 9:00 am

On the eve of last year’s general election result, many pundits predicted the demise of Britain’s two-party system. The likeliest…

How Aristotle would hire civil servants

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The civil service is to be allowed to find out what job applicants’ ‘socio-economic background’ is. What abject drivel is…

How baby names got so weird

23 April 2016 9:00 am

How Wolf and Skylar pushed out John and Mary

Would you like to buy an American’s vote?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Killing time in a Heathrow first-class lounge, I notice how many men adopt an unmistakable ‘first-class lounge’ persona. They stand…

The smelly, snobbish death of the English public toilet

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I blame Nancy Mitford: she made the English so frightened of saying ‘toilet’ that now they have hardly any left…