Status anxiety

Fatherhood is killing me

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about…

The hazards of being a good sport

23 April 2015 1:00 pm

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about…

The hazards of being a good sport

23 April 2015 1:00 pm

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about…

The Green party manifesto is even crazier than you’ve heard

18 April 2015 9:00 am

I’m disappointed that Ed Balls’s suggestion that the Office of Budget Responsibility should audit the parties’ manifestos was never taken…

The extraordinary Green manifesto

16 April 2015 1:00 pm

I’m disappointed that Ed Balls’s suggestion that the Office of Budget Responsibility should audit the parties’ manifestos was never taken…

The extraordinary Green manifesto

16 April 2015 1:00 pm

I’m disappointed that Ed Balls’s suggestion that the Office of Budget Responsibility should audit the parties’ manifestos was never taken…

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as…

Miliband vs Millwall

9 April 2015 1:00 pm

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as…

Miliband vs Millwall

9 April 2015 1:00 pm

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as…

Lefty myths about inequality

4 April 2015 9:00 am

As a Tory, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality recently. Has it really increased in the past five years?…

Lefty myths about inequality

2 April 2015 2:00 pm

As a Tory, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality recently. Has it really increased in the past five years?…

Lefty myths about inequality

2 April 2015 2:00 pm

As a Tory, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality recently. Has it really increased in the past five years?…

How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015 9:00 am

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

Why we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

26 March 2015 3:00 pm

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

Why we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

26 March 2015 3:00 pm

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

I’m working to make education fairer. But I’m still not sure what ‘fairer’ means

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Civitas has just published an interesting book called The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools. Edited by Anastasia de…

Could my son Charlie become a Premier League footballer?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

My son Charlie was scouted by QPR last week. I say ‘scouted’, but that’s not quite accurate since he’s only…

My plan for Question Time: mug up and fail anyway

7 March 2015 9:00 am

I was invited on Question Time this week, which gave me a few sleepless nights. Natalie Bennett’s disastrous interview on…

If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that…

I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and…

Immigration, not money, will improve Scotland's most deprived schools

14 February 2015 9:00 am

I suppose we should be thankful that Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged there’s a problem with Scotland’s public education system, even…

Like Arthur Daley playing Garry Kasparov: why I won’t miss Harry Redknapp

7 February 2015 9:00 am

I can’t say I’m surprised by the departure of Harry Redknapp. Since I started supporting Queens Park Rangers in 2008…

Come on, Tristram Hunt, if you think you’re hard enough

31 January 2015 9:00 am

For a brief moment earlier this week, I thought education might become an issue in the general election campaign. The…

Page 3 was harmless. Here’s why I’ll miss it

24 January 2015 9:00 am

‘I for one would be sorry to see them go,’ wrote George Orwell. ‘They are a sort of saturnalia, a harmless…

David Sedaris was right: litter is a class issue

17 January 2015 9:00 am

David Sedaris is my new hero. Not because he’s such a funny writer, but because he’s obsessed with litter. He…