Saturday, October 31, 2020

Laura Perrins: Good news girls. Soon you can join the army and kill just like a man

Congratulations sisters. Soon you may get the right to kill another human being just the same as a man. And, of course, this means that...

Philippa Taylor: Twins with three mothers. A headache for the law and worse for the kids

A case concerning twin girls has come before the Court of Appeal that almost defies imagination in its complexity of relationships. If it weren’t a...

Deirdre Boyd: Expenses chief hardly inspires confidence. Look how he wriggled over drug deaths

“Transparency lies at the heart of IPSA’s regulatory role,” is the leading claim on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s (IPSA) website. Oh dear – for...

Jill Kirby: A child can never “consent” to sex. Police take note

You might expect that “safeguarding” children would include preventing them from sexual exploitation. Yet a permissive attitude towards under age sexual activity has blinded...

Holly Hamilton-Bleakley: The subversive parent. It all went wrong with Plato

About a year after my first child was born, a friend of mine came to visit me. We were both enrolled in PhD programs,...

Kristian Niemietz: Ed Miliband’s tuition fee cap proposal is wrong in principle and wrong in detail

Political leaders often struggle to find their ‘big idea’, their multi-purpose answer to tackle a range of problems at once. Ed Miliband does not...

Laura Perrins: Liberals – say sorry now

Sir Michael Wilshaw aims to put two years olds in school. Not every two year old, mind, just those who are coming to school...

Chris McGovern: Lifting the ban on ‘O’ Levels is the answer, not more grade recalibration

Question: When is a Grade A not a Grade A? Answer: When it is a GCSE examination grade. The real Grade A is, now, an...

Sally Goddard Blythe: The ABC of infants’ needs Sir Michael Wilshaw should learn

In her book What babies and children really need, Sally Goddard Blythe explains that meeting infants needs in the first year of life is the...

Laura Perrins: The police don’t lack power – just the will to enforce existing laws

People who want more power love to say ‘there is a loophole in the law.’ Many think, that this means some evil criminal who...