Laura Perrins:  Vote Ukip, get Labour. Dave’s version of the politics of fear

The Conservative party have decided to stop insulting its core vote, calling them bigots and fruitcakes, only to threaten them instead. Do not vote for Ukip, we are told like naughty little school children,...
cannabis

Mary Brett: Talk to Frank? Hardly any better than your friendly neighbourhood drug dealer

Last week Professor Wayne Hall's review of the past two decades of research on the adverse health effects of recreational cannabis use was published. It rightly made the front page of the Daily Mail. His findings,...
Nigel Farage

Nick Wood: Puzzled by the Ukip surge? Here’s 20 things the Tories have got...

Tory MPs can be forgiven for feeling a bit jittery this weekend. After all Douglas Carswell did not just win the Clacton by-election, he pulverised his Conservative opponent, securing an astonishing 60 per cent...
feminist furies

Kathy Gyngell: Feminists escalate the sex wars. They will make men come to hate...

Last week, when Feminist Hour (aka Woman’s Hour) plumbed new depths by promoting a chore wars calculator to monitor lazy husbands, when French feminists decided that kissing constitutes sexual assault, and the box office...

Laura Perrins: Since when did marriage become so individualistic?

It has been a bad few weeks for marriage. The film Gone Girl, I am told, does as much for marriage as Silence of the Lambs did for fava beans and bottles of chianti. On...

Laura Keynes: Politicians fail the family. The Pope has the answer

Family life brings joy and exasperation in equal measure. Yet these days it can often feel like the stresses outweigh the joys. If you’ve been following the ‘Chore Wars’ debate you’ll be under the impression...

Laura Keynes: A feminist putsch on The Archers

Listeners to the BBC's Radio 4’s long-running soap The Archers were treated to a spectacular feminist rant by Pat Archer in Tuesday night’s episode. Pat Archer, for those who don’t know, is Ambridge’s answer to...

Laura Perrins: The town called Hopeless tells the Tories where to go

Congratulations to Matthew Parris who must be absolutely delighted with the by-election result in Clacton-on-Sea. Douglas Carswell’s victory will be most welcome. Mr Parris believes that the road to victory for the Conservatives is...

Alistair Thompson: Cameron wins the conference league by a mile. But will Rochester end...

It was Harold Wilson who famously remarked that a week can be along time in politics. David Cameron and members of Conservative Party will certainly agree. Not since 2002 when Edwina Curry  sabotaged the Conservative...

Matthew Walsh: What is the point of the Lib Dems? Even Clegg cannot tell...

The Sky News debate title was emblazoned across the screen – “What is the point of the Lib Dems?” Minutes later, presumably after an irate phone call from a Lib Dem press officer, the title...