Social class

To believe in Brexit, you have to be an oik like me or Michael Gove

12 March 2016 9:00 am

If you need to know how properly posh you are there’s a very simple test: are you pro- or anti-Brexit?…

How to help black boys afraid of ‘acting white’

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Black British boys are being held back by fear of betraying their background. Immigrant children know how to deal with that

Roger Mosey and the questions you don’t ask at the BBC

27 June 2015 9:00 am

There was a remarkable scene in one BBC Today programme morning meeting in about 1995, as all the producers gathered…

A political history of The Clangers

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Dropping the Clangers The Clangers made a comeback on BBC television. Some Clanger facts: — The actors doing the voices…

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

20 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s a warning buried in the detail of the new report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on…

In praise of the pit bull terrier

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Last night I saw a woman dancing with a pit bull terrier. It was about 9 p.m. and her curtains…

Spectator letters: England’s defining myth, and another forgotten genocide

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Enemies within Sir: I thought Matthew Parris was typically incisive in his last column, but perhaps not quite as much…

Dear Mary: When is it all right not to bring something to a dinner party?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Q. A wonderful and generous woman invites me, on a regular basis, to dinner parties at her house. What is…

Maybe it’s a problem when all artists are like James Blunt. But it’s worse when Labour MPs are like Chris Bryant

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What should we do with James Blunt? This is what I have been asking myself. And I am not looking…

Blame Tony Blair for Labour’s new stupidity about wealth

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Labour's attitude to wealth is sliding back into the 1970s - and Tony Blair's new career is one reason why

Why tomorrow’s parents won’t want their children to go to university

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why being a graduate is about to lose its prestige

David Sedaris was right: litter is a class issue

17 January 2015 9:00 am

David Sedaris is my new hero. Not because he’s such a funny writer, but because he’s obsessed with litter. He…

If you want an argument against state-school-only Oxbridge colleges, just look at me

29 November 2014 9:00 am

I read with some interest the proposal for Oxford and Cambridge to set up state-school-only colleges in the Guardian this…

My new affair is thrilling, expensive — and might just break my neck

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I have fallen in love with an unsuitable male. My wife isn’t totally happy about this relationship because she recognises…

Ukip is in the middle of the most cynical political repositioning ever

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I think I’ve cracked it. If you want to springboard your minor political party into the mainstream and take British…

Why there’s no such thing as an Etonian

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Finally, just in the last few years I’d say, we’ve all begun to accept the role of nature in the…

Why everywhere should be more like Essex

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Apart from the Wye Valley, where I grew up, there are only two places in Britain I’d consider living: Kent…

Why my friends love the idea of a nasty, stupid mansion tax

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I see all the flaws with a mansion tax, I really do. And yet some little piece of me, some…

Nigel Farage’s class war

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I initially thought Nigel Farage had made a mistake in unveiling Mark Reckless on the final day of his party…

The ‘no’ campaign’s problem was that it sounded like me

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I…

The squeezed middle is a myth

16 August 2014 9:00 am

With soaring house prices and low interest rates, the middle classes are doing rather well. But you’d never think so to hear them

You’ll mock me, but I have to ask: why don’t any of my friends have holiday homes?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

This is to be one of those columns that makes the writer faintly wish there wasn’t an internet. It would…

What’s the point in being married if I can’t feel superior to my single friends?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

I’m due to speak at an Intelligence Squared debate on Saturday and I’m worried that I might be on the…

Want to be a neglectful parent? Come to a festival and learn

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I spent last weekend at Port Eliot in Cornwall. This is supposed to be a literary and music festival and…

Want a fun job? You just have to pick the right parents

26 July 2014 9:00 am

The old paths to the top for working-class children – sport, music, acting, writing – are now closed by nepotism