Status anxiety

It’s a jungle in there, Stanley

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Crikey Moses! Stanley Johnson has been cast as the token pensioner in the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me…

Another year, another tax leak – and the usual annual festival of hypocrisy

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Stories about members of the establishment using offshore tax shelters — ooh er missus! — come along about once a…

Teach First has turned me into a free speech martyr

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I had the unusual experience last Sunday of appearing on a panel to defend free speech having been the victim…

The tyranny of the bedtime story

28 October 2017 9:00 am

All surveys carried out by retail businesses with a view to generating press coverage should be treated with extreme caution,…

Sadly, true grit can’t be taught

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I am currently wrestling with a dilemma. I have agreed to contribute to a panel discussion on character education at…

I met Weinstein and, yes, I’d heard the rumours

14 October 2017 9:00 am

According to an ex-employee of Harvey Weinstein’s, the movie producer once whispered something to himself that she found so disturbing…

Boris, the conviction politician

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where I can report that Boris Johnson, who has just wowed the…

Don’t let these figures depress you, girls

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

The mystery of socialism’s enduring appeal

23 September 2017 9:00 am

One of the mysteries of our age is why socialism continues to appeal to so many people. Whether in the…

Do what they do, not what they say

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Last month, two law professors named Amy Wax and Larry Alexander published a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer praising ‘bourgeois’…

All four of my kids will learn to shoot

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I spent Monday morning being taught how to use a shotgun at E.J. Churchill, a shooting ground in High Wycombe.…

Spare me the encomiums for John le Carré

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Absolute Friends, one of John le Carré’s lesser works, the central character explains his rebirth as a left-wing firebrand,…

As easy as 1, 2, 3…

26 August 2017 9:00 am

The amount of nonsense being talked about the new GCSEs in English and maths, whereby exams have been graded 9-1…

Hunt-the-iPhone was the highlight of my hols

19 August 2017 9:00 am

For years, Caroline and I have been squabbling over where to spend our summer holidays. Her ideal is a family-friendly…

Don’t like our diversity agenda? You’re fired

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week, a technology website published an internal memo written by a Google employee called James Damore criticising the…

Parents, not schools, are key to the knowledge gap

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has just published a report looking at the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged 16-year-olds…

Now I get it – Corbyn is the new Murdoch

29 July 2017 9:00 am

For our 16th wedding anniversary, Caroline and I went to the Almeida Theatre to see Ink, a new play about…

Winter is nearly here – bring on the body count

22 July 2017 9:00 am

As a Game of Thrones fan, I feel ambivalent about the fact that the saga is finally wending its way…

My wife’s revenge has me at break point

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Fifteen years ago, when I was The Spectator’s drama critic, Caroline used to complain that she had become a ‘theatre…

The trouble with diversity training

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Is diversity training snake oil? According to its proponents, women and minorities are not competing with white men on a…

J.K. Rowling’s schizophrenic politics

1 July 2017 9:00 am

On the face of it, there is nothing complicated about the politics of Harry Potter, who made his first appearance…

Panic of the playwrights

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week the Guardian launched ‘Brexit Shorts’, a series of monologues written by Britain’s ‘leading playwrights’ about the aftermath…

Nick’s a visionary – he deserves a second chance

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I first met Nick Timothy in July 2015. He had just been appointed director of New Schools Network, the free…

Why I’m backing Corbyn the Great

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Comrades. I’m going to tell you why I think Jeremy Corbyn is the right person to lead this country. First…

Race, gender and a terrifying witch hunt

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A leading article appeared in Nature last week in defence of intelligence research. It lamented the fact that it is…