The stop-and-search myth that maligns our police

THE Guardian reported in October on research authored by a group of legal, academic and community activists campaigning for, among other things, ‘fairness’ for drug users, and the end of what they call the...

May’s dangerous deal and a warning the media has ignored

On Friday night the former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove and Falklands hero Major-General Julian Thompson released the text of a detailed and informed letter they have written to MPs urging them to...

Thought for today: To have and to hold – or not to?

A UNIVERSITY of Exeter study has found that non-Christian couples find it easier to circumvent the prohibition on religious content in civil weddings because presiding officials often fail to recognise the words they are...

The contradictions of feminist figurehead Ferrante

ELENA Ferrante, who are you? Are you this, only? ‘On principle, I refuse to speak badly of another woman, even if she has offended me intolerably. It’s a position that I feel obliged to...

A carol a day: Good King Wenceslas

I HAVE always thought that Good King Wenceslas was about a benevolent old gent trying to spread a little happiness. Wrong. According to the Guardian ‘it glorifies a patriarchal definition of charitable giving that...

What the Christmas tree means to me

This is an edited version of a talk at the Mothers’ Union Advent service in the Parish Church of the Ascension, Oughtibridge. AS we start putting up Christmas trees in our churches, it is worth...

Last week’s most-read on TCW

1. Patrick Benham-Crosswell: No, Mr Stewart, YOU need to listen to US  2. Gary Oliver: BBC Leftie finds hell hath no fury like Julia Hartley-Brewer 3. Michael St George: Tory ‘Brexiteer’ MPs: United in disunity, adamant...

Boris for PM? You vote

The Conservative Party is on manoeuvres for its next leader. Theresa May has been warned by Cabinet ministers she will have to quit if her Brexit deal is defeated in the Commons next week,...

Norway is not the way to Brexit

Given the confusion and unhappiness over the EU ‘deal’, rumours and Brexit alternatives swirl. One particular alternative which seems to be gaining traction is for post-Brexit Britain to continue membership of the European Economic...

Baby, there are feminists outside

THE feminists, having time on their hands, have come after the song Baby, It’s Cold Outside. This song, from the 1949 movie Neptune’s Daughter, allegedly encourages rape. We are to believe this scene of...