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What happened when my son went to school as Goldilocks

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Whenever I hear a leftie complain about being abused on Twitter, I think: ‘You should try being me.’ A case…

The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

2016 will be a vintage year for tech billionaires and jihadis

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be one hell of a year, hell being the operative word. It will be the year…

A Christmas parable from the Spectator’s business editor

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  I thought you might enjoy a little parable for Christmas, so here goes… The boardroom clock said twelve minutes…

Enjoy the food, not the Twitter feed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Sriracha, for the uninitiated, is a chilli sauce, thicker and sweeter than Tabasco, with a garlicky tang. They eat it…

Ian Rankin’s diary: Paris, ignoring Twitter and understanding evil

21 November 2015 9:00 am

After ten days away, I spent last Friday at home alone, catching up on washing, shopping for cat food, answering…

The most dangerous word in the digital world is 'send'

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it, tweeted Jon Ronson, a man I’d never heard of until…

Maybe bitcoin isn’t the work of the devil, after all

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I confess to being an out-and-out Luddite when it comes to bitcoin and other so-called crypto-currencies. To the extent that…

Women’s issues are for everyone now, not just feminists

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Like all right-thinking lefty men who came of age in the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s, I always thought…

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…

A lesson in graceful Twitter style – from a resigning shadow minister

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Tweeting’s like text messaging, isn’t it?’ said my husband confidently, though not, as usual, from any knowledge of the matter.…

Email needs eugenics

12 September 2015 9:00 am

You won’t read much about Sir Francis Galton nowadays because, while it’s inarguable that the man was a giant in…

Does anyone else have an upper house as undemocratic as the Lords?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Peers’ peers Forty-five new peers were created. Are we alone in having an upper house of parliament made up of…

Breast-feeding isn't always best

29 August 2015 9:00 am

How should a new mother feed her baby? You might well imagine that was up to her. While some mothers…

The young are miserable and the old are happy – shouldn’t it be the other way around?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We learn from a new report that children in England are among the unhappiest in the world — more unhappy,…

Not just a fad: the dangerous reality of 'clean eating'

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The supermarket aisle has become a confusing place. It used to be full of recognisable items like cheese and butter;…

Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

15 August 2015 9:00 am

What should be the response of politicians to mass emailings and Twitter storms? The question is an urgent one, especially…

You can do anything (but you shouldn’t): the brave new world of internet morality

25 July 2015 9:00 am

What, if anything, should a moral, liberal-minded person think about the hacking of the infidelity website Ashley Madison? And by…

The brave thing now: don’t write about your death

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Not content with Facebooking our every foible, Instagramming the births of our children and live-tweeting our daily lives, more and…

Smartphones are wonderful – until they take over your life

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The smart phone is a wonderful thing. We are never out of touch anymore, neither with friends nor with the…

Adultery websites should be as unacceptable as race-hate websites

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The website illicitencounters.com connects married people who are interested in straying, in cheating on their spouses. Or, as the website…

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…

Eritrean migrants face many dangers. Are we one of them?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

A few weeks ago someone very dear to me passed on a question about The Spectator, asked them by a…