Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Harry Benson: The marriage tax break could still make a difference

The government’s proposed introduction of a tax relief for married couples ought to be welcome news. It’s the first clear policy in support of...

James Bartholomew: Why do people talk more about ‘poverty’ now that there is so much less of it?

Edited extract from The Welfare State We're In by James Bartholomew (Biteback 2014 £14.99) Here is a puzzle. In the Middle Ages there was terrible...

Tim Loughton MP: The playing field for families just got a little bumpier

One of the great driving forces behind this Government has been a determination to attack inequality and close gaps. The pupil premium is helping to...

Philippa Taylor: Christianity is the love that dare not speak its name

In a speech to the House of Commons last week Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, warned that Britain could become  less diverse rather...

Kathy Gyngell: George Osborne nails his colours to the socialists’ childcare mast

George Osborne should stop calling himself a Conservative.  The choice he is  giving families over childcare is reminiscent of the medieval ducking chair.  Whatever the outcome you...

Laura Perrins: Cameron to plug nanny gap for £300,000 a year hard-working families

Families who earn up to £300,000 per year are to receive early their childcare allowance worth up to £2,000 per child, per year. The...

Dr Peter Saunders: The strictest safeguards for assisted suicide will never be safe enough

Doctors and disabled people’s leaders understand that any law allowing so-called ‘assisted dying’ would place pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives for...

Laura Perrins: At-risk teenage girls need better protection than the Pill

A preoccupation with reducing teenage pregnancy rates has encouraged a culture in which underage sexual activity goes unchallenged and many young people are being...

Chris McGovern: Mindfulness classes are a waste of time

"The Times Educational Supplement" reports that the Government is seriously considering whether courses in "mindfulness" should be introduced to help improve pupil well-being into...

Grainne Kenny: Closing down ‘headshops’ is a must. Legal highs are lethal not legal

A ‘New Psychoactive Substances Act’ aiming to restrict the sale of legal highs across the EU leaves much to be desired. The EU Vice President...