Society

Gilets

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Letters

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Portrait of the week

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, proposed reaching net zero in 2050 ‘in a better, more proportionate way’ such as by…

Shoplifters need to feel shame

23 September 2023 9:00 am

This is my brother’s story and, like many telling stories, it’s small. Tim lives in Iowa, as our mother’s family…

Letters

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Whose victory? Sir: Politicians are often accused of engaging in doublespeak, and I fear in the case of Boris Johnson’s…

Dear Mary

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Q. Scrolling through my WhatsApp contacts, I have found a name I don’t recognise but when I click on the…

What a full English breakfast can tell us about the state of the NHS

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Among devotees of the full English breakfast, few things polarise more than the inclusion of baked beans. Some people are…

Biddy Baxter and the perils of remembering the past

29 August 2023 4:30 pm

I’ve been reading the cracking, crackling new biography Biddy Baxter: The Woman Who Made Blue Peter by Richard Marson (he’s a friend,…

Why Britain needs more marriage

10 April 2023 11:17 pm

Hungary is something of a bête noire in the international community. Viktor Orban and his government have had much-deserved condemnation…

Why your more successful friends will drop you

3 September 2022 9:00 am

How success kills friendships

The toxic cult of the superhero

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Why this mad insistence that everyone has special powers?

Beware the sex party bores

2 July 2022 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when your friends start going to sex parties. In our twenties, there were parties, and…

Parenting matters. It's about time we were brave enough to say so

19 June 2022 7:04 pm

The Duchess of Cambridge has been out and about hosting roundtables with very important people, discussing what can be done…

Why the Bible still matters

19 June 2022 6:35 pm

If you look to our schools and universities, you will not see a serious engagement with the Bible as part…

Not all masculinity is ‘toxic’

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Anyone who has passed through an education in thepast decade will have encountered the term ‘toxic masculinity’. It is one…

The close friend I never really knew

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I have just read an extraordinary new book. It’s by a close and old pal whom I’d count as one…

The cult of sensitivity

23 April 2022 9:00 am

I was extra pleased to have swerved the modern curse that is Wordle when I read that ‘sensitive’ words have…

Why Russian tactics won't win the war

26 March 2022 7:31 pm

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, the war has settled into a largely attritional struggle –…

My strange encounter with foot fetishists

15 January 2022 9:00 am

My strange encounter with the foot fetishists

Why should I be 'cancelled' for arguing that biological sex is real?

30 December 2021 6:28 am

‘I just get the impression she hates men’, said a wound-licking James Max, on TalkRADIO, after he interviewed me on Wednesday.…

Virtue signalling is really status signalling

23 October 2021 9:00 am

A £19,000-a-year London day school was in the news this week because it has started instructing its pupils about ‘white…

The path to re-enchantment

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Most social occasions now seem to kick off with a wasted hour or two. The time is spent discussing Covid:…

The bogus business of stigma-busting

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Our society is bristling with social stigmas, we’re told, even in the progressive West, even in London. Life is so…

Is living without risk really living at all?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Taking my life in my hands — as we all do when getting out of bed — I walked along…

The secret excitement that lurks beneath our distress

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Something about the word ‘bomb’ has always thrilled me, and I know why. No school today. In the 1950s we…