labour councils

Laura Perrins: Cinderella law will do little to protect children

Do we need another child protection law? A new law will make it an offence to do anything that deliberately harms a child’s “physical intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.” In reality we do not...

Caroline Farrow: Spat at after BBC Question Time for defending the age-old meaning of...

Last Thursday I appeared in the audience of BBC’s Question Time in my home town of Brighton, after a friend asked me to take their place at short notice. When Marilyn Barmer stood up and...

Sharon James: Why won’t you join the gay marriage dance?

On Saturday the newspapers were filled with pictures of joyful couples.  As the first same-sex 'weddings' were celebrated, three messages came over loud and clear from many media commentators. Firstly, anyone who wouldn't join the...

Gay marriage is a parody that will destroy the real thing

Nobody can have missed that the first gay weddings in the UK  were celebrated this weekend.  Nor can they have missed how those discomforted at the state’s redefinition of marriage have been made to...
BBC Broadcasting House

Kathy Gyngell: Welcome to the VBC – the Victim Broadcasting Corporation

When Lord Hall took over as Director-General of the BBC there was some optimism that he would bring the broadcasting behemoth back to its senses. Instead it has engulfed him. Things have got worse,...
school children in class

Chris McGovern: Testing times – education ministers flounder at the baseline

From 2016, four-year olds will face assessment screening when they begin school. This baseline ‘testing’ will allow pupil progress to be measured across subsequent years. It will be on the basis of this progress...

Holly Hamilton-Bleakley: Raising a human being is not “nothing”. It is everything

There’s an article that’s been sweeping the net for the past month or so by a woman named Amy Glass, called ‘I Look Down on Women with Husbands and Children and I’m Not Sorry’.  Here are...

Harry Benson: Don’t be fooled by Gwyneth Paltrow

“We love each other very much … we are and always will be a family … in many ways we are closer than we have ever been … we are parents first and foremost” It...
Patience

Laura Perrins: Weaning Matthew

My son Matthew has a will of iron. Of iron. For the last few weeks I have attempted to wean my soon to be two-year old son off “Mama Milk’. He isn’t having any...

Sharon James: Smacking is banned in the Swedish utopia. And how the children suffer

Sweden has a reputation for being something of a utopia, with low rates of child poverty and infant mortality, long life expectancy, high levels of gender equality and a comprehensive daycare system that is...