Why does the state help parents to dump their children?

Last week an independent review into the care system in Britain concluded that it is in crisis. Back in 2010, I won the Orwell Prize for my blog 'Working with the Underclass', written under...

Does my intellect look small in this?

In the century since women won the right to vote, many iconic female politicians have put their male counterparts to shame with sheer guts and the courage of their convictions. And then there is Nicky...

Why is Hodge demanding the university’s money – and why do they want to...

Professors traditionally mistrust politicians; politicians return the compliment by quietly despising academics. From Egham, Surrey, came a story last week that tells us a great deal about both classes, to the credit of neither. Royal...

Reader’s comment: No to NATO, yes to Anglo

In response to Patrick Benham-Crosswell: Trump could be right about NATO, The Black Fingernail wrote: I'd rather we dropped NATO and its feet-dragging members and adopted an Anglosphere-wide defence pact, in which Australia, New Zealand,...

Reader’s comment: The Fear Factor

In response to Professor David Paton: The inconvenient truth about compulsory sex education, TheStoneMan wrote: ‘Now this does not mean there is no place for sex education in schools.’ Really? When I went to school...

Trump could be right about NATO

The word is that The Don is getting fed up with NATO. For a start, the European members (including the UK) are not pulling their weight in terms of spending or capability. We are...

How I infiltrated Labour Live (and saw Corbyn-style democracy in action)

For some strange reason, a large number of journalists and writers from broadly Conservative-supporting journals and websites visited Labour Live in Tottenham on Saturday. I was there too. The rest decided to go quite openly....

The inconvenient truth about compulsory sex education

We already know that schools in England, including primaries, will soon have compulsory relationships and sex education (SRE) forced upon them. However, the Government is yet to reveal the extent to which schools will...

Will we all foot the bill for BBC stars’ unpaid tax?

Laura Perrins recently reported on the humanitarian disaster unfolding in London W1A: an avalanche of brown envelopes marked HMRC has begun potentially to devastate the finances of many BBC presenters, to the extent that...

Big Sister won’t rest until radio’s ticked every diversity box

Self-righteousness is a luxury: one of the advantages of being a successful organisation is that you can normally afford it. Penguin Books, rightly called out last week by Lionel Shriver (and by Fionn Shiner...