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The true cost of my week in Wales

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Rather miraculously, my daughter managed to leave the country last week to go on holiday with a group of friends.…

In defence of footballers taking the knee

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Before the television presenter Guto Harri took the knee live on air — which cost him his job at GB…

Football’s never coming home

17 July 2021 9:00 am

I failed a moral test last weekend. A friend offered me a free ticket to the Euro 2020 final and…

My battle to be top dog

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Even a small dog can be quite high maintenance. No, I’m not talking about Mali, our one-year-old cavapoochon, but Bertie,…

My problem with the Euros

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I’m struggling to work up much enthusiasm about England’s progress in the Euros. I know, I know, Tuesday night’s victory…

What would ‘sensitivity readers’ have made of my student scoops?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Whatever you do, don’t call them snowflakes,’ Caroline said the last time I spoke to Oxford students. ‘That’s not a…

The luxury of being pro-lockdown

19 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve just written an essay for the People’s Lockdown Inquiry, a new collaboration between Buckingham University, the Institute of Ideas…

The curious parable of Dartington

12 June 2021 9:00 am

I spent last weekend in south Devon at Dartington, the former estate of Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, and now a…

The rise of the pluto-meritocracy

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Meritocracy, a word coined by my father, gets a bad press these days. Two recent books — The Meritocracy Trap…

For journalists like Protasevich, free speech is a matter of life and death

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Last August I wrote a column in The Spectator’s US edition urging Donald Trump to take a leaf out of…

The problem with decolonising Shakespeare

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Scarcely a day passes without a major British institution announcing it is ‘decolonising’ itself. Most recently it was the turn…

Our confusing voting system has cost me £25

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Some 114,201 ballots were rejected in the first round of the London mayoral election, approximately 5 per cent of the…

We Lumas have the weight of the world on our shoulders

8 May 2021 9:00 am

In the introduction to an anthology of his jazz record reviews, the poet Philip Larkin imagines his readers. They’re not…

The problem with Equity’s anti-racism guidelines

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Rouse tempers, goad and lacerate, raise whirlwinds.’ Those were the words that Kenneth Tynan, the most celebrated drama critic of…

Am I really paying £3,000 for six days in Wales?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Has it ever been more difficult to plan a family holiday? At the time of writing, it is illegal to…

Let’s show vaccine passports for football fans the red card

17 April 2021 9:00 am

As I’ve written before, the thing I’ve missed the most in the past 12 months is going to see QPR…

The facts about race and education

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Judging from the reaction to last week’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, you’d think it had been written…

I’ve swapped booze for Pot Noodles

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Along with many other people, I gave up drinking for the month of January and then resumed with gusto on…

The terror of seeing my dog attacked

27 March 2021 9:00 am

I was walking with our one-year-old cavapoochon on the way back from the baker’s in Acton on Sunday morning when…

My plan to kick off life after lockdown

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The last time I went to a football game was on Saturday 7 March last year when my 12-year-old son…

How I learned to love audio books

13 March 2021 9:00 am

According to a charity called Fight For Sight, 38 per cent of people who’ve been using screens more during lockdown…

The conservative appeal of drug gangs

6 March 2021 9:00 am

According to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, the easing of lock-down will be accompanied by a rise in crime…

The secret code of the ruling class

27 February 2021 9:00 am

I naively hoped that last year’s statement by the Equalities Minister explaining why unconscious bias training was being phased out…

My advice for the next ‘free speech champion’

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I was delighted to hear the government plans to appoint a ‘free speech champion’ to the board of the Office…

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The wine has been flowing in the Young household this week. The reason I’ve been celebrating is because I managed…