Tony Benn

Kathy Gyngell: ‘Witch’ Maggie and ‘Saint’ Tony. It’s good to know where the...

Well I hope you didn’t miss the BBC’s sanctification of Tony Benn on Friday. No worries if you did, the ritual was still carrying on through yesterday morning. And for sure plenty more opportunities...
wedding

Harry Benson: Marriage – down but not out

Marriage may be down. But it’s a very long way from out. And judging by a new survey, there’s a few more years left in the old girl yet. That’s because younger girls remain...

Sharon James: Sex education in schools? No Mr Gove, ‘Planet Porn’ is not appropriate

Parenthood changes everything. Often those who argue loudest for ‘freedom’ for consenting adults to watch what they like, become a lot more protective when it comes to the potential impact of porn  on the self-image...

Chris McGovern: Starting out with an A grade? More stupidity from the education ‘experts’

Should pupils start their learning with their teachers giving them a Grade A and, then, be immune from failure? This is what is being proposed by that august institution, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA),...

Alison Figueiredo: Why I care at home

Before I had my son I was a Digital Marketing manager for a film company.My son was born in March 2012 in the Royal London, Whitechapel. The beginning of our time together was so fraught...

David Paton: Has Facebook cut teen pregnancies?

In yesterday's post, I explained some of the factors that might explain the dramatic fall in teenage pregnancy rates experienced in England since 2008. Although there were several plausible candidates (demographic change, better educational...
baby womb

Philippa Taylor: Doctor first, abortion second. Women don’t want to change the rules

Doctor knows best. Those who are adamantly ‘pro-choice’ and fighting for abortion to be freely available on request, will disagree with this; because for years abortion campaigners have fought to remove the need for...

Chris McGovern: DfE speech on teaching maths found wanting

Yesterday, the minister concerned, Liz Truss, announced that, "There is a growing political consensus around the importance of maths education...". That such a statement of the obvious has to be made should be a...
Underage pregnancy

David Paton: Send for Sherlock Holmes. The riddle of falling teen pregnancies

Teenage pregnancy hit the headlines recently with the welcome news that the rate of underage conceptions in England decreased in 2012 for the fifth successive year and is now at the lowest rate since the...
Westminster

Jill Kirby: Beware the Lib-Lab-Con consensus

With debts of more than a trillion pounds and still rising, why is the government still spending upwards of £4 billion a year on childcare subsidies without having any evidence that the money is...