‘We all had a teacher who inspired us to learn and to become better people. But today teaching is too often only an opportunity for determined individuals to push their agenda’

‘Post-Brexit, policymakers will now be answerable to the public. The immediate effect of this will be to reveal their cluelessness’

‘I’m 52, damn it, even if I feel frustratingly closer to 82 on the bad days when my fingers are too weak to type or too stiff to do up buttons’

Democracy triumphed in December’s election, but Scotland remains a significant Tory dilemma

‘The issues are tricky: transgender people’s understandable desire to pursue happiness as members of the opposite sex can impinge on people born that way’

Birds’ names tell tall stories

‘Entangled with their host plants, insects are helpless as we fragment and destroy their habitats’

Hungary’s natalist policies are both generous and effective

Boris Johnson should learn from his predecessors’ mistakes

Poor education stunts home-grown talent and undermines national security