George Osborne

Laura Perrins: George Osborne destroys his own marriage tax allowance

It is well known that George Osborne hates the marriage transferrable tax allowance. So it comes as little surprise that he trying to undermine it now that it is finally to be brought into...
Michael Gove

Chris McGovern: Gove’s adviser is right to blow the whistle on sloppy school standards

Michael Gove’s ‘confidante’, Dominic Cummings, is much in the news. Having resigned the formal position as ‘special adviser’ to the Education Secretary he is free to speak out publicly. Many in the educational establishment...
Margaret Thatcher

Nick Wood: Margaret Thatcher. A warrior for peace

Encounters with Margaret Thatcher were always daunting affairs. So, as a political correspondent with The Times, it was with some trepidation that I approached her at a drinks party at Conservative Central Office in...
drugs

Kathy Gyngell: The folly of using a teen drug death to generalise for legalisation

I cannot decide who is the more foolish, poor Anne Marie Cockburn or the pontificating Camilla Cavendish of The Sunday Times? "Martha wanted to get high, she didn’t want die”, her mother Anne Marie said...
feminists

Laura Perrins: Extended paternity leave. The Left’s latest bid to subvert the family

The socialist think-tank the IPPR wants to give fathers four weeks paternity leave instead of the current two weeks. They will not be funding it mind you – No, that will come from the...

Chris McGovern: Teach Magna Carta? It is not even compulsory in schools

In the wake of the Trojan Horse affair the Prime Minister has ordered immediate action to promote “British Values” in our schools. Teaching children about Magna Carta will be, according to The Sunday Times,...
Traditional catholic values

Laura Perrins: Why we should not abolish faith schools

So it is alleged that the World Cup to be held in Qatar was secured through corruption and FIFA was complicit in it. Obviously, the solution is to abolish Wimbledon. Football and tennis are both...
Hillary Clinton

Holly’s Letter from America: Memo to Hillary. Merit trumps gender

Hillary Clinton has stated that she has not decided whether she is running for the US presidency. Yet, with the publication this week of her book, Hard Choices, Hillary has started her ‘soft bid’...
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...