Is Corbyn a traitor? No, but only because he hasn’t had the chance

Jeremy Corbyn says very little that is meaningful outside bland platitudes and sloganeering. He is more defined by his associations with communists, terrorists, countries hostile to the UK and USA, dictators, failed states, Stalinists,...

Shivering in deepest London, Jennifer the #MeToo refugee

This half-dressed refugee from The Patriarchy was spotted by a fearless photographer at the BAFTA camp in London (The Times, February 21, 2018). Thought to be one of the #MeToo tribe, her name is Jennifer....

When Dad misses work to tend a sick child, it’s often Mum who suffers

When Lady Macbeth expresses her concern that the main man may not be up to the job of despatching the king, ‘too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness’ as he is, she realises...
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Thursday’s reading list: God’s kingdom, expanding the economy and women in science

The first reading list of Lent begins with Kathryn Jean Lopez at the National Review interviewing Ulrich L Lehner on his new book, God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the...

Equality police stymied by the wrong answers on pregnancy

Surveys can be funny things, especially if they give answers they weren’t meant to give. The EHCR, formally the Equality and Human Rights Commission, recently found this out the hard way. Last year this body...

It’s not a puzzle, Libby, it’s the real world

On one of those dire Celebrity Big Brother series, a contestant whose name I cannot recall (and frankly, I can’t be bothered looking up), was facing eviction. So she appealed to her female cohabitants...

Reader’s comment: Behold Kate’s knee, and tremble

In response to Laura Perrins: Cower, you male MPs, it’s Matron Maltby, PierrePendre wrote: You take your place in history where you find it. Jenkins' Ear. Maltby's Knee. In 2118, they'll be celebrating the 100th...

Cower, you male MPs, it’s Matron Maltby

Matron Maltby is back. Kate Maltby has taken to patrolling the corridors of Parliament (metaphorically speaking) along with Matron Leadsom and Harriet Harman, who will do it literally, policing the behaviour of male MPs....

A senior Catholic cleric blessing abortion? Who’d bet on that?

I don’t understand how betting odds work. Otherwise, I might be moonlighting as Steggles the bookmaker and taking bets for ‘The Most Inane Episcopal Sermon’ contest, inspired by P G Wodehouse’s The Inimitable Jeeves. I’ve...

Oh, for the innocence of Woman’s Realm

The Department of Health and Social Care recently reported that ‘ultra-processed’ foods may be linked to cancer. These included pot noodles, ready meals, cakes and confectionery with long lists of additives, preservatives, flavourings, sugar,...