Kathy Gyngell: English children among the unhappiest on earth. No wonder with the State...

Why anyone is surprised to read that English children are some of the unhappiest in the world, I don’t know. This headline of the third of The Children’s Society’s comparative The Good Childhood Report 2014, published...

Chris McGovern: GCSE’s latest absurdity. The brighter the pupil, the lower the grade

Teachers expect brighter pupils, on the whole, to perform better in public examinations than less bright pupils. It is fairly fundamental to the credibility of any assessment system. Unfortunately, this does not appear to...

Holly’s Letter from America: Dawkins should realise you can’t have love without pain

Last week, Richard Dawkins caused an international furore when he asserted that it is ‘immoral’ for expectant parents to not abort their unborn child if they know that child has been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. A...

Matthew Walsh: Russell Brand demonstrates you can be racist and on the Left

Following the Ferguson riots, a member of the editorial board of one of the most prestigious newspapers in the United States appeared on the number one rated cable news channel to discuss the unrest...

Laura Perrins: There is nothing feminist about cavorting on stage half naked

Another day, another woman claiming to be a feminist gets her kit off and claims it is “powerful”. Last week a singer who goes by the name of Ms Beyonce Knowles felt it necessary...
Douglas Carswell

Nick Wood: Carswell’s defection will amplify calls for a Tory pact with UKIP

You can just about the hear the sound of the penny dropping in the minds of Conservative MPs. UKIP is not going away. The defection of Douglas Carswell to Nigel Farage’s self-styled People’s Army crystallises...
labour councils

Laura Perrins: Why do people vote for the kind of heartless cretins who run...

What is the matter with Rotherham? This borough, rotten to its very core, not only failed to protect its most vulnerable girls from brutal and sadistic sex attackers but essentially facilitated their abuse. Reports continue...

Leslie Loftis: If Britain were a US state, only Mississippi would rank as poorer

Back when I was an expat blogger, I had a series called Sawdust and Planks, a reference to the admonishment to pull the plank out of our own eyes before pointing out the speck...
education

Chris McGovern: Essential tips for parents. Phonics are best for teaching reading

The start of a new school term is just around the corner. Spare a thought for those mums and dads whose child is about to start mainstream schooling. It is a worrying time. Having...

David Keighley: Multiculturalism slays Rotherham’s young girls

It’s almost beyond parody, but the motto of Rotherham Council emblazoned on all its communications to the outside world that it is a metropolitan borough ‘where everyone matters’. The grubby, right-on fingerprints of NewLabour’s approach...