Embryos

Philippa Taylor: Why ban GM crops but approve GM babies?

It is ironic that while the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops remains banned in the UK, we are just a step away from creating GM babies. Creating GM babies was declared safe (enough)...
education

Kathy Gyngell: What British values? The rights culture killed them off.

Hundreds of thousands of school children are to be taught British values in the wake of the ‘Trojan horse’ scandal from September. So says Michael Gove. Who will devise this new curriculum? Will it centre...
IVF

Leslie Loftis: Fathers and children. Both losers in the brave new world of designer...

Last week, Alexis Madrigal summarized the stunning innovations in human fertility treatments in the Atlantic. For those with enough money, science offers many new options—versatile biological parent arrangements for any family form, synthetic sperm...

Chris McGovern: From outstanding to a flop overnight. Ofsted cannot be serious

Once again, Ofsted has shown itself to be the watchdog that did not bark. If, as Ofsted now claims, Islamic 'extremism' is being cultivated in a number of Birmingham state schools, why has it...
religion in schools

Laura Perrins: Chickens home to roost. Start with celebrating diversity and end by banning...

So how is that “Celebrating Equality and Diversity” lark working out for you? If you are a pupil at a Trojan Horse School in Birmingham, not so well. Some of the Ofsted findings following an...
BBC leftie love-in

David Keighley: Leftie love-in Glastonbury tops even the World Cup for the BBC

The BBC is set for its annual Glastonbury extravaganza we read. The headline of the week about our great broadcasting corporation is that they are sending 300 staff to cover the Glastonbury festival to deliver around...

Kathy Gyngell: Oxford, the home of lost causes, gets it right at last –...

Last Thursday, Neil McKeganey, Sarah Graham and I defeated the motion at the Oxford Union: “This House Would End the War on Drugs”. It was quite a victory. It would be dishonest to say we had...
mother baby

Laura Perrins: My advice to breastfeedingphobes. Put a modesty cover on your head

Why do some people have a problem with hungry babies? Why do they want them to go hungry, or to be fed in a toilet? The latest ‘let them starve’ scandal comes from Purley....

Chris McGovern: Looking for a good school? Try our private sector not China

Many commentators on education, including our current batch of education ministers, look with admiration at what pupils achieve in certain Asia Pacific countries. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and even Vietnam,...
D-Day

Holly’s Letter from America: D-Day heroes had faith in a just cause. We have...

On Friday, my children and I observed D-day. We watched original footage of the invasions. We listened to clips of speeches from Churchill, Roosevelt, Montgomery and Eisenhower. We looked at maps. We looked at pictures....