David Cameron

Kathy Gyngell: Politics without passion. A parade of pygmies at the party conference

'He lied and he lied and he lied.’ From my TV on Sunday evening came the Conservative party chairman’s petulant schoolboy voice complaining about Mark Reckless’s defection to Ukip. Is this what the chairman’s opening party...

Chris McGovern: Boris is right. Only an out of touch elite oppose grammar schools

Boris Johnson has renewed his call for more grammar schools, describing them as vehicles for “social mobility” that politicians of all parties “conspired” to destroy. He is right and, as a general election draws...

Laura Perrins: Ordinary people are not the problem. Ordinary leaders are

They want to live like common people, they want to live like common people like you. Or if not live like us, at least connect with us, and our concerns. It seems that all...

Laura Perrins: Time for the Conservatives to be a party of ideas, not just...

With the children in bed I had time to flick through my Twitter feed on the Conservative Party Conference #CPC14 from the comfort of my couch, just before Downton came on. I was interested to...

Matthew Walsh: Ukip is far from Reckless. It is the only real political party...

When the Prime Minister received the news that Mark Reckless was in Doncaster the day before the Tory conference he must have been praying that the Eurosceptic MP had been on the sauce again...
Obama

Holly’s Letter from America: Obama, the Messiah turns from peace to war

So Obama, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has become a war president. He’s reluctant about it all, so apparently that makes it OK. Still, a moment’s reflection on the irony of this situation...

Kathy Gyngell: Why won’t British women speak out against feminism? Please send us your...

Three weeks ago I blogged about Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute. She is an impressive defender of the truth about feminism. If anyone wants to see her in action on feminism's...

Laura Perrins: Primary school is more important than secondary. Toby Young’s new book helps...

Toby Young and Miranda Thomas have written a book for parents, entitled – perhaps a little frighteningly – What Every Parents Needs to Know, How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of...

Kristian Niemietz: A simple answer to the housing shortage. Relax the planning strait-jacket

In a more rational world, planning reform would not be a tribal issue. It would, on the contrary, be an issue around which people from all major political camps could coalesce. Albeit for different...

Laura Perrins: Political health alert. Ukip stumbles into PC, feminist mush

Suzanne Evans, Deputy Chairman of Ukip, is a pretty impressive speaker. I caught her on Woman’s Hour and thought she did quite well. Jenni Murray set up the interview in the usual Woman’s Hour...