nursery children

Laura Perrins: Beware the media spin. Families not nurseries boost later exam success

The Sunday Times was in good form with this classic piece of cherry-picking journalism. “The nursery kids are all right,” we were told. Not really, it just depends on how you define ‘nursery kids,’...

Kathy Gyngell: Carney should start worrying about the pound and stop playing to...

From the moment he took office in July 2013, Mark Carney has made no bones about his ambition to increase the number of women in senior roles at the Bank of England. Instead of showing...
Patience

Laura Perrins: A big family is not a luxury. It just requires some sacrifices

Eleanor Mills is cross. She is cross that The Duchess of Cambridge, who she refers to as a 'classy brood mare', is thinking of having a third child. Three of them – I think...
British state

David Raynes: Police minister Mike Penning is wrong. We should reduce the number of...

Hello, Hello. What’s going on here then? Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association, has said the number of constabularies  in England & Wales (there are 43 of them)  “should be...

Tamara Chabe: Beyonce is an individualist not a feminist

During Beyonce’s performance at the 2014 MTV music awards the words “Feminist” flashed in large letters on a screen behind her. I’ve followed Beyonce’s career from the very beginning (since Destiny’s Child) and I first...

Holly’s Letter from America: The family that dines together thrives together

‘Much depends on dinner’, wrote Lord Byron. And it turns out that, on this point at least, the poet was right.  Earlier this month, a major study was published by the journal  JAMA Pediatrics, which found...
student binge drinking

Laura Perrins: The trouble is that drunks don’t listen to reason. Boys and girls...

Huge news just in: being drunk makes you vulnerable to being sexually harassed. The Daily Telegraph tells us that a study from the alcohol education charity Drinkaware “out of 1,198 women aged 18 to 24,...
Tony Blair

Chris McGovern: Blair’s dream turns to dust. Too many graduates flunk literacy and numeracy...

Has Tony Blair’s dream finally come true? Has all that money he spent on education finally been proved worthwhile? As a percentage of GDP we spent more on education during his regime than any...
Nicky Morgan

Laura Perrins: Nicky Morgan’s latest wheeze. Get granny to read Postman Pat to the...

Another day, another story revealing what is lost by the feminist/progressive geniuses pushing mothers of young children into full-time work. It seems many parents cannot find the time to read to their child for...
Rona Fairhead

David Keighley: New BBC boss falls at the first hurdle. Bias? What bias?

The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee have declared that Rona Fairhead is a suitable candidate to become next Chairman of the BBC Trust. No wonder our cynicism about politicians and the political class is at an...