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Grainne Kenny: Closing down ‘headshops’ is a must. Legal highs are lethal not legal

A ‘New Psychoactive Substances Act’ aiming to restrict the sale of legal highs across the EU leaves much to be desired. The EU Vice President...

Kathy Gyngell: ‘Witch’ Maggie and ‘Saint’ Tony. It’s good to know where the BBC stands

Well I hope you didn’t miss the BBC’s sanctification of Tony Benn on Friday. No worries if you did, the ritual was still carrying...

Harry Benson: Marriage – down but not out

Marriage may be down. But it’s a very long way from out. And judging by a new survey, there’s a few more years left...

Sharon James: Sex education in schools? No Mr Gove, ‘Planet Porn’ is not appropriate

Parenthood changes everything. Often those who argue loudest for ‘freedom’ for consenting adults to watch what they like, become a lot more protective when it...

Chris McGovern: Starting out with an A grade? More stupidity from the education ‘experts’

Should pupils start their learning with their teachers giving them a Grade A and, then, be immune from failure? This is what is being proposed...

Alison Figueiredo: Why I care at home

Before I had my son I was a Digital Marketing manager for a film company.My son was born in March 2012 in the Royal...

David Paton: Has Facebook cut teen pregnancies?

In yesterday's post, I explained some of the factors that might explain the dramatic fall in teenage pregnancy rates experienced in England since 2008....

Philippa Taylor: Doctor first, abortion second. Women don’t want to change the rules

Doctor knows best. Those who are adamantly ‘pro-choice’ and fighting for abortion to be freely available on request, will disagree with this; because for...

Chris McGovern: DfE speech on teaching maths found wanting

Yesterday, the minister concerned, Liz Truss, announced that, "There is a growing political consensus around the importance of maths education...". That such a statement...

David Paton: Send for Sherlock Holmes. The riddle of falling teen pregnancies

Teenage pregnancy hit the headlines recently with the welcome news that the rate of underage conceptions in England decreased in 2012 for the fifth successive...

Jill Kirby: Beware the Lib-Lab-Con consensus

With debts of more than a trillion pounds and still rising, why is the government still spending upwards of £4 billion a year on...

Sally Goddard Blythe: Take the iPad off the toddler

There is nothing new in the concept that the first three years of life lay the foundations for the remainder, but as we live...

Laura Perrins: Why is being a bossy girl now a crime?

A plane has fallen out of the sky and Russian boots might march upon the Ukraine, but truly, I tell you, there is something...

James Bartholomew: Which families does the State support?

Edited extract from The Welfare State We’re In by James Bartholomew (Biteback 2014, £14.99). Buy on Amazon here. The welfare plan outlined by Lord Beveridge in...

Kathy Gyngell: The first commandment of family policy is ‘thou shalt not offend’

A prior concern not to offend, to be deemed judgmental, let alone to actually judge, has clouded three decades of family policy. For years...

Kathy Gyngell: One earner married families under siege

How has a government that committed to making Britain the most family friendly country in Europe ended up with tax system that's driving the...

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