Child poverty

Jill Kirby: Abolish child poverty? Not with Labour’s banal formula

The last Labour government laid a series of policy landmines, primed to explode under its successor in Downing Street. They were designed to portray Conservative opposition to the policies as stony-faced and heartless. A...

Philippa Taylor: “Eggsploitation”. Poor women paid to donate their eggs for the benefit of...

In my blog on Thursday I asked if the drive behind new research techniques into mitochondrial diseases (now approved as being ‘safe enough’ to create 3 parent children) is primarily driven by compassionate concern...
Iraq War

Laura Keynes: Secular liberal values were never going to fill Iraq’s power vacuum

There is a depressing inevitability about the takeover of Mosul and Tikrit by jihadist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant). One American veteran of both Iraq wars writes: “Watching the recent unravelling...
Oxfam

Ryan Bourne: Oxfam are one club golfers – for them more government is always...

Zero hours contracts. High prices. Benefit cuts. Unemployment. Childcare costs. According to the international development charity Oxfam, the existence of these individual factors in Britain combine to create ‘The Perfect Storm’ for the poor...
Nigel Farage UKIP

David Keighley: UKIP’s triumph was remarkable. It overcame BBC propaganda as well

The dust has well and truly settled on the EU elections – among the political class knives are still out for UKIP, and watch out! – that man of impeccable political judgment, Gordon Brown...
Union Jack flag

Laura Perrins: Forget about “British values”. Go back to basics with St Paul and...

The debate about British values rumbles on. It should come as no surprise that very few agree on what they are. Michael Gove offered: tolerance and fairness. But then what Western democracy says it...
Embryos

Philippa Taylor: Why ban GM crops but approve GM babies?

It is ironic that while the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops remains banned in the UK, we are just a step away from creating GM babies. Creating GM babies was declared safe (enough)...
education

Kathy Gyngell: What British values? The rights culture killed them off.

Hundreds of thousands of school children are to be taught British values in the wake of the ‘Trojan horse’ scandal from September. So says Michael Gove. Who will devise this new curriculum? Will it centre...
IVF

Leslie Loftis: Fathers and children. Both losers in the brave new world of designer...

Last week, Alexis Madrigal summarized the stunning innovations in human fertility treatments in the Atlantic. For those with enough money, science offers many new options—versatile biological parent arrangements for any family form, synthetic sperm...

Chris McGovern: From outstanding to a flop overnight. Ofsted cannot be serious

Once again, Ofsted has shown itself to be the watchdog that did not bark. If, as Ofsted now claims, Islamic 'extremism' is being cultivated in a number of Birmingham state schools, why has it...