Laura Perrins: Lib Dems – baby snatchers

Gather ‘round all ye who hunger and thirst for tomorrow’s news today and listen to the wise words of the prophetic one. For I, haggard and weary like a clapped out fortune teller, did...

Sharon James: Hooray for the hundred pound wedding dress

Christmas wish lists have recently been featuring a new request. More children are asking for ‘a daddy’. This is unsurprising. The sheer scale of fatherlessness in our society is historically unprecedented. Only 55 percent...
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Jill Kirby: Female quotas on BBC quiz panels? You’re having a laugh

Was there ever a better example of the absurdity of quotas for women than the BBC's recent pledge to end men-only comedy panels? Do these witless attempts at satire truly represent a bastion of...
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Chris McGovern: Mediocre teacher training worse than no training at all

According to a report in the Sunday Times schools are offering maths and science teachers 'golden hellos' of up to £20,000 and six figure salaries to entice them away from City jobs. In other words,...

Philippa Taylor: The rights culture is a selfish dead end

Current debates about reproductive issues are an ethical minefield. Discussion about whether to create ‘three parent embryos’ is the latest in a long list of rapid medical and social changes that are pushing against...
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Nick Wood: Time for Osborne to count the cost of social liberalism

More than a decade ago, when we were working for William Hague, I remember George Osborne summarising his political philosophy for the benefit of a Notting Hill dinner party. He was an economic liberal...

Laura Perrins: House of Cards – power trumps feminism in the White House

Frank Underwood advocates ‘ruthless pragmatism’ in clawing his way to the Oval Office. The only character who is even more ruthless is his wife, Claire Underwood. She is odious but that has not stopped...

Geoff Dench: Young women put families before careers

The Hera Trust in a report What Women Want 2011 based on data from British Social Attitudes surveys, found that British women had moved away from being enthusiastic about careers and were – once...

Ruth Lea: There’s more to women than boosting GDP

There is little doubt that women are making progress in the workforce. The ONS’s latest “Labour Market Statistics” showed that in 2013Q4 67.2% of women aged from 16 to 64 were in work, the highest figure...

Harry Benson: Ministers must wake up to the wonders of marriage

For better, for worse, government is deeply involved in family life. Marriage and divorce are regulated. Children are protected. Lone parents are supported. But if government has a family policy at all, its priorities seem...