Family

The Conservative Party needs to be the party of family once again

8 September 2017 8:24

Earlier this week, academics at Oxford and Cambridge were likely to be cock-a-hoop that their universities top international leagues tables…

Borrowing from friends and family can have serious consequences

1 September 2016 11:27

If a pal turned to you for financial help, would you lend a hand? If you have the cash it’s…

The TUC’s claim that childless men get a raw deal is nonsense

26 April 2016 11:40

There is, of course, no crime more dreadful in modern society than discrimination. And how dreadful that new forms of…

I used to hate Christmas – until I spent it in hospital with my sick son

25 December 2015 12:00

Ever since my teens I’ve hated Christmas, but last year something happened which made me change my mind. On 20th…

Christmas tips from Helen Lederer and David Cameron

21 December 2015 13:30

For the Spectator’s Christmas survey, we asked for some favourite seasonal rituals – and what to avoid at Christmas. Helen Lederer I enjoy the…

Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything more cruel?

8 April 2015 15:45

Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes Lady Gaga that he might have…

P.D. James (1920 – 2014) on Jane Austen and the joys of great-grandparenting

27 November 2014 13:57

P.D. James died today at the age of 94. She was a great friend of The Spectator. Here is her diary…

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…

Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

3 November 2014 7:45

Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very…

Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Nicky Morgan

29 October 2014 10:49

Mixed messaging from education secretary Nicky Morgan, who also moonlights as the equalities minister: Despite saying previously that ‘marriage to…

After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a…

Uterine transplantation is the final gynaecological frontier

10 October 2014 14:02

The successful transplantation of a uterus represents the last major surgical goal in the field of reproductive gynaecology. This feat…

1914 and all that

5 August 2014 15:49

Yesterday was a chance for people to remember relatives who died in the 1914-1918 conflict, often the only record of…

The Down’s syndrome surrogacy story is horrible. But Britain has no right to sneer

4 August 2014 20:15

To look on the heartwarming side, Australians have shown that they are rather more humane as a nation than the…

2nd August 1914 – my grandfather prepares for war

2 August 2014 8:00

This week’s issue is dated 2 August. On that date 100 years ago, my great-grandfather, Norman Moore (always known as…

Nick Clegg’s self-pitying guide to parenting

8 July 2014 17:08

‘I’m like any parent,’ says Nick Clegg (Deputy Prime Minister, privy councillor and universally derided leader of the Liberal Democrats). Speaking to the…

Why the left needs to back families and commitment

19 June 2014 10:30

The last Labour government oversaw a major expansion of support for families, with new investment in childcare, tax credits, maternity…

In defence of Kirstie Allsopp, feminist

3 June 2014 15:20

Kirstie Allsopp was yesterday quoted in the Telegraph saying that women should shun university in favour of buying a flat…

Racism is on the rise, apparently. What do we mean by ‘racism’?

28 May 2014 18:12

Well, how worried should we be about racism? The British Social Attitudes Survey says 3 in 10 Brits describe themselves…

Nick Clegg’s cojones

24 April 2014 13:13

Mr and Mrs Clegg attended the launch yesterday evening of Cityfathers, a group designed for fathers working in the Square…

Mr Gove, after-school clubs need to learn from family life

20 April 2014 11:23

In news to warm Michael Gove’s heart, a new survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has…

A short history of ‘conscious uncoupling’

3 April 2014 9:49

There have been some rocky relationships in the news this year. As well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s conscious…

The state is the worst wicked stepmother of all

31 March 2014 16:22

What a fantastically stupid idea, I thought, reading the paper this morning.  ‘Parents who fail to show love and affection…

Don’t knock ‘benevolent sexism’ – it makes us happy

25 March 2014 14:00

The American-led Left has a new fixation: ‘benevolent sexism’. Recent examples found here, here and here. According to one definition:…

What I want from the Budget: some conservatism

18 March 2014 10:18

Budget day tomorrow, and I’m sure many of you will relish the reminder that you are, in George Osborne’s reported…