David Willetts

Will Theresa May’s grammars undermine David Cameron’s free schools?

16 September 2016 16:24

Grammar schools remain one of the most highly-charged issues in domestic politics. There is bound to be controversy about how…

Why we should use the language of Christianity in public discourse

25 November 2014 10:01

There was an interesting exchange last night at the annual lecture for Theos, the think tank that does God. After…

The Great Brussels Steeplechase: runners and riders to be Britain’s next European Commissioner

10 July 2014 14:11

Next week, EU leaders will meet to parcel out the top jobs in the next European Commission. So David Cameron…

Could smoking around children be made illegal in the near future?

10 February 2014 17:21

The most remarkable thing about the ban on smoking in cars when children are present, which will pass the Commons…

Cable and Willetts: the house-trained ministers?

18 June 2013 17:22

There are few worse insults for a minister than to be called ‘house trained’. It implies that the vested interests…

Introducing our first ebook: Margaret Thatcher in The Spectator 1975-1990

10 April 2013 9:17

No publication understood the Thatcher project better than The Spectator. We backed her for the leadership in 1975 when no…

David Willetts looks back to the future for economic growth

24 January 2013 20:49

Can science and technology become the backbone of the British economy? David Willetts thinks so — he’s set out eight…

David Willetts today announced that the ONS will now publish two sets of migration statistics. Picture: Getty.

Willetts attempts to limit the damage of Coalition immigration policy

13 September 2012 17:50

There was a flutter of excitement among the Higher Education community this morning, when the education editor of the Times…

Social mobility — more than a political battle over universities

30 May 2012 9:55

Nick Clegg wants to make social mobility his big theme in office. This is an ambitious target and one unlikely…

Taleb in 30 minutes

18 March 2012 17:11

Nassim Taleb, the Lebanese-American academic whom we interviewed in The Spectator last month, is the subject of a Radio Four…

Willetts tries to dampen the flames around Ebdon

25 February 2012 10:43

Siphoning the contents of two brains through one mouth and on to a single page will generally produce eclectic results.…

Gove’s Royal yacht proposal in full

16 January 2012 15:28

This morning’s Guardian scoop about Michael Gove’s suggestion that the nation should present the Queen with a new Royal yacht…

Improving the health of the nation

5 December 2011 8:57

Britain’s future prosperity, we are frequently told, lies in scientific discovery, so it’s odd that David Cameron has not given a…

Willetts tackles the three Ds

2 October 2011 15:46

How the Conservatives should respond to “disorder, debt, and distrust” is the theme of David Willetts’ speech to the Conservative…

Willetts plays snakes and ladders

7 September 2011 19:10

Social mobility has become something of a hot topic for the coalition. February’s Social Mobility White Paper made it the…

Willetts’ musings

27 August 2011 13:27

Coffee House has already touched on David Willetts’ interview with the Times (£), highlighting his view that the 50p tax…

Clegg at odds with many Lib Dems over 50p rate

27 August 2011 10:04

The future of the 50 per cent tax rate is growing issue within the coalition. Unlike most government wrangles, this…

The annual A-levels helter-skelter

18 August 2011 9:19

The Gap Year has been declared dead. It’s A-levels day today, and the annual scramble for university places has been…

The coming battle over university places

28 June 2011 9:03

Until now, the debate over universities has dwelt inevitably on how much students need to stump up in tuition fees.…

In defence of the Oxbridge interview

23 June 2011 13:38

Simon Hughes’ desire (£) to stop Oxbridge academics interviewing potential students is muddle headed as well as an attack on…