Counterpoints

High Court Judges may not like it but The Jeremy Kyle show has a consistent underlying morality

If there are children suffering from test-related stress it is their teachers, not the tests, that must bear the blame

I have had the privilege of meeting and observing hundreds of scientists over the years and can confirm that many (but not all) of the stereotypes about them are true

Drinking champagne at the Wallace Collection does not constitute the whole of that Western civilisation which Standpoint exists to celebrate and defend, but it feels like a good start

Most of us, thankfully, still have relatively little direct experience of violent crime, although everyone but the most sheltered now suffers death by a thousand anti-social cuts, and the implicit threat they carry.

British newspaper writing is famously more vigorous and readable than its American equivalent. But this comes at a price: there’s a good chance that anything you read in a British newspaper isn’t true.

The new transatlantic buzzword is actually a very old one — ancient Greek, in fact. Thumos is defined by Robert Kagan as “a spiritedness and ferocity in defence of clan, tribe, city, or state”.

One of the most important contributions which Britain made to the prosperity of the world in the 19th century was the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846.

The American subprime explosion is still sending ripples of trouble out to the rest of the financial world. But subprime mortgages may only be the beginning of disruption in the US.