teachers

Why are the middle classes so obsessed with schools?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

One thing I love about my adopted country is the widespread cultural contempt for dullness. Unlike North Americans, intelligent British…

Of course the young like socialism – they’re taught to

29 September 2018 9:00 am

It beggars belief that Jeremy Corbyn can, with a straight face, announce that capitalism has failed and we’d all be…

The slow death of the public-sector pension

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Hedge funds have already spotted it: Jim Mellon’s latest book, Juvenescence, reviews the new science that will lengthen our lives…

Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘public sector ethos’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

An infuriating benefit of readers’ online comments beneath the efforts of a columnist like me is that as you read…

Melvyn Bragg’s Diary: a tooth and claw fight on Hampstead Heath

18 July 2015 9:00 am

I witnessed what was almost a violent fight to the death on Hampstead Heath the other morning. Broad flawless sunlight,…

The teachers who (quietly) miss Michael Gove

14 March 2015 9:00 am

‘Michael Gove,’ the joke goes, ‘you either loathe him or hate him.’ According to one poll (by Ipsos Mori) the…

The Tories have one real success in government – and they’re scared to talk about it

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The most significant achievement of this coalition, the only thing they really have any right to crow about, and possibly…

Playground bullies and the contradiction at the heart of democracy

22 February 2014 9:00 am

A new book by a Swedish psychiatrist has just come out that I like the sound of. It’s called How…

The week: 'Land of opportunity'; Obama phones Iran; glow-in-the-dark robber

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Home Shares in Royal Mail are to be sold by the middle of this month, before postmen can go on…

Dear Mary: How can I tell her that her table manners are disgusting?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. My mainly male colleagues and I were happy to learn that an attractive young woman would be joining the…