No sacred cows

My wife is caught in a web of fear

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Even in my shed at the bottom of the garden I can hear the screams coming from the house. Shrieks…

Has Boris Johnson given up on free schools?

18 September 2021 9:00 am

For the founders of the West London Free School, of which I was one, last Thursday should have been a…

The stories that are too good to check

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Last weekend, Rolling Stone ran a story about an interview an emergency room doctor had given to a local news…

Why Gove’s night on the dance floor is good news

4 September 2021 9:00 am

I was pleased to see pictures of Michael Gove at a nightclub in Aberdeen last weekend. According to press reports,…

My eye-opening mini-break in Hull

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Given how difficult it is to arrange an overseas holiday, I thought I’d take Charlie and Freddie, my two youngest,…

The Orwell Foundation has let George Orwell down

21 August 2021 9:00 am

George Orwell would not have been surprised by the brouhaha surrounding Kate Clanchy. Two years ago, Clanchy published Some Kids…

I took my wife to a Millwall match – and it didn’t go well

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The fighting started just as Caroline turned right on to the Uxbridge Road after emerging from QPR’s stadium on Loftus…

Have my suits shrunk in lockdown?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

I hadn’t noticed how much weight I’d put on during lockdown until I went out for a business lunch a…

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…