Annabel Denham

The horror of NHS maternity wards has been exposed

14 May 2024 2:56 am

Will any woman who has given birth on the NHS be surprised by a damning report into maternity services? I wasn’t. I…

Elphicke is wrong: the Tories haven’t abandoned the centre ground

9 May 2024 3:18 am

It takes some brass neck to cross the floor, but to do it in the manner of Natalie Elphicke also…

What do plummeting birth rates mean for the future of the planet?

22 March 2024 6:34 pm

Few Britons will have heard the phrase ‘apocalyptic winter’, but that may soon change. It’s how Italian politicians describe the…

It’s time to take a chainsaw to the British civil service

5 March 2024 1:26 am

Slashing Whitehall waste is a pledge that brings to mind Augustine’s prayer for the Lord to make him virtuous – but…

The cynicism behind Labour’s Race Equality Act

6 February 2024 3:17 am

Labour is desperate to come across as business-friendly. Last week, the party said it will no longer reinstate a cap…

The Tories’ childcare plans aren’t grounded in reality

23 January 2024 5:00 pm

Of all the reasons why the Conservatives deserve to lose the next general election, their nonsensical childcare policy is among…

Why is measles on the rise?

23 January 2024 1:39 am

Having endured months of restrictions on our freedoms to deal with Covid-19, we now face a major health threat entirely…

Labour won’t fix Britain’s childcare mess

3 January 2024 2:41 am

Labour appeared stumped when, earlier this year, the government announced it would be drastically increasing its ‘free’ childcare provision. Given…

The Tories must get serious about welfare reform

20 November 2023 11:15 pm

You can’t fault Mel Stride for trying. Conscious that our current levels of worklessness are neither sustainable nor likely to…

How to avoid repeating the mistakes of the HS2 fiasco

6 October 2023 10:45 pm

Rishi Sunak has finally slayed the white elephant that is HS2 or, perhaps more accurately, cut off its hind legs…

The BMA isn’t striking to protect patients or the NHS, just itself

21 September 2023 1:24 am

What a fall from grace. Three years ago, the British Medical Association (BMA) could barely put a foot wrong. It…

The SNP’s four day week won’t work

6 September 2023 6:59 pm

Pigs will surely sooner fly over Glasgow Pollok than business will take inspiration from Humza Yousaf’s approach to running government. Nonetheless, the…

‘Lazy girls’ aren’t what’s hurting the British economy

2 August 2023 3:52 am

The current government will do almost anything to avoid reforming welfare or the NHS. Last month, we were informed school…

The BMA shouldn’t look down on cleaners

17 July 2023 1:01 am

During the lockdown, there was a cohort of workers who toiled through the night in what was described as a ‘fairly thankless…

Is Labour really a credible government-in-waiting?

6 July 2023 1:02 am

How long do you give it before Labour abandon their promise of golden hellos for new teachers? Shadow education secretary Bridget…

The Bank can’t blame wages for out of control inflation

27 June 2023 12:10 am

After a bruising week, perhaps Andrew Bailey could take some solace in Rishi Sunak’s interview with Laura Kuenssberg this weekend.…

Forget the EU: Britain’s own red tape is strangling the economy

12 May 2023 4:30 pm

Ministers are considering scrapping the EU Working Time Directive. The news has been met with predictable howls from the usual…

Our nanny state holds back Britain’s young

30 April 2023 3:25 am

Clever people often believe that their cleverness gives them the right to control other people. Nowhere is this more manifest than…

In defence of landlords

30 March 2023 3:10 am

Whisper it millennials, but YIMBYism (Yes In My Back Yard) might be gathering momentum. Recent surveys have found more people agree than…

In defence of the supermarket

11 March 2023 11:56 pm

Supermarkets are once again back in the firing line. Henry Dimbleby, the Leon co-founder turned government food tsar, has blamed…

Why is the NHS denying women pain relief in childbirth?

1 March 2023 1:39 am

Over the weekend it was reported that hospitals are implementing a ban on the gas and air used by women…

What Miriam Cates gets right – and wrong – about declining fertility

24 February 2023 2:11 am

Fulfil your civic duty. Get married. Have children. That was the message from Miriam Cates, the increasingly prominent Conservative backbencher, to guests…

Childcare is broken in the UK

5 January 2023 1:18 am

The Truss administration made many missteps, but on childcare it was on the right track. Though details were lacking, the…

The nanny state is making us poorer

3 May 2022 8:55 pm

As household budgets face their worst squeeze for decades, one wonders whether the public health establishment feels any remorse for their…

Why are councils blocking homes for Ukrainian refugees?

12 April 2022 8:44 pm

Over the course of three days in September 1939, 1.5 million evacuees were sent to rural locations across Britain considered…