Sally Goddard Blythe: Take the iPad off the toddler

There is nothing new in the concept that the first three years of life lay the foundations for the remainder, but as we live through a technological revolution, just as powerful in its impact...

Laura Perrins: Why is being a bossy girl now a crime?

A plane has fallen out of the sky and Russian boots might march upon the Ukraine, but truly, I tell you, there is something even more menacing out there. Somewhere, a little girl is being...

James Bartholomew: Which families does the State support?

Edited extract from The Welfare State We’re In by James Bartholomew (Biteback 2014, £14.99). Buy on Amazon here. The welfare plan outlined by Lord Beveridge in his 1942 report had no special provision for lone parents...

Kathy Gyngell: The first commandment of family policy is ‘thou shalt not offend’

A prior concern not to offend, to be deemed judgmental, let alone to actually judge, has clouded three decades of family policy. For years anything that might seem to cast an aspersion on lone...

Kathy Gyngell: One earner married families under siege

How has a government that committed to making Britain the most family friendly country in Europe ended up with tax system that's driving the family out of existence? You may well ask. A report published...

Chris McGovern: Why does China thrash us at maths? They teach their kids to...

Education minister, Liz Truss, has recently flown off to Shanghai in search of a mathematical 'philosopher's stone'. She wants to discover how Chinese pupils score so highly in international maths tests for 15-year-olds. They are...

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,...