James Bartholomew: Why do people talk more about ‘poverty’ now that there is so...

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 poverty. Britain was afflicted by at least ninety-five famines. In...

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 narrow the appalling gap in educational achievement between those from...

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 than more because once common opinions today are deemed “unacceptable.” He...

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 drown. Childcare choice means you choose childcare. Home care is...

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 Government believes that these families are struggling badly with cost...

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 fear of being a financial or emotional burden on others....

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 placed at risk of sexual exploitation. The serious case review of...

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 State schools.  According to the report, the general idea is...

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 Viviane Reding was correct when she said that “legal highs...
Tony Benn

Kathy Gyngell: ‘Witch’ Maggie and ‘Saint’ Tony. It’s good to know where the...

Well I hope you didn’t miss the BBC’s sanctification of Tony Benn on Friday. No worries if you did, the ritual was still carrying on through yesterday morning. And for sure plenty more opportunities...