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We should mourn the passing of Nuts magazine. Yes, seriously

1 April 2014 12:41

If I had a fourteen-year-old son, I’d be pretty disturbed by the news that Nuts magazine might fold. Fortunately, I don’t, and in all likelihood, I won’t have a fourteen-old-son… Continue reading

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Marriage tax breaks are not aimed at improving the lot of middle class children. They are aimed at those who surrounded by fatherlessness.

Opponents of marriage tax breaks need to ‘check their privilege’

2 October 2013 12:47

What with the flap about Ed Miliband’s dad, the legion of the outraged have forgotten what they were planning to get angry about this week – the marriage tax break,… Continue reading

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Katie Hopkins judges her children's peers by what they are called. She says that she is the voice of the silent majority.

Katie Hopkins gets her comeuppance

12 August 2013 15:02

Former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins, who has become a ‘disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’-style rent-a-quote in middle age, was never going to applaud the appearance of names like Riley, Isla and… Continue reading

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Twin girls hold twin babies at the second annual twins festival in Beijing. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The odd couples

21 June 2013 10:52

This is the first post in an occasional series about rediscovering old science books. Twins, Lawrence Wright posits, pose a threat to the established order. People have long been scared… Continue reading

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Anon’s Baby Song; a lullaby for your baby tonight

11 June 2013 9:00

Writing, as I have done, about the Bodleian’s holdings of Jane Austen or Byron is all very well, but our most prolific author is Anon. He (or she) leaves his… Continue reading

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Party Faithful Attend The Annual Conservative Party Conference

Michael Gove: wind-up artist

9 May 2013 17:52

Michael Gove likes to make mischief. Every so often he stokes London’s liberal elite into fits of righteous indignation. If he does this out of pure joy, then his latest… Continue reading

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Peter Stringfellow, father to be and political wannabe. Image: Getty

Peter Stringfellow: Why wasn’t I hacked?

8 February 2013 12:50

Peter Stringfellow made headlines last week when he threatened to run against the Liberal Democrat leader in his hometown of Sheffield. He made more headlines last night when he gathered… Continue reading

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Children at the Natural History Museum. Image: Getty

Childishly scientific

5 February 2013 14:30

2.30pm, Tuesday, the bookshop of the Natural History Museum. Horrible Science: Blood, Bones and Body Bits is being leafed through by one of its typical readers. In other words he’s… Continue reading

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Summer holiday blues

5 August 2012 11:46

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much recently – I’m on the annual family holiday. We’re in Croatia, on one of those islands they’re terribly proud of, roasting like pigs on… Continue reading

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The battle over complementarity of the sexes is already lost

14 June 2012 10:30

Today is the last day of the Government’s consultation about its gay marriage proposals. But as an editorial in the Telegraph points out, this is a more limited exercise than… Continue reading

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Cameron offers parenting advice

18 May 2012 9:01

The Prime Minister will be jetting off to Camp David today for the G8 summit — and his first meeting with new French President Francois Hollande. But before going, he’s… Continue reading

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Field caught between reality and fantasy

11 September 2010 18:56

Frank Field’s been thinking. He will make his report on poverty next week and he hints at its contents in an extensive interview with the Times (£). He is convinced… Continue reading

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That’ll learn ‘em

7 July 2010 9:02

At last, some will cry, teachers are to be given increased disciplinary powers to moderate unruly children’s behaviour. Rather than tear up the statute book, the measures aim to change… Continue reading

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