To Hell with Niceness

The spread of political 'compassion' has led to the breakdown of family and school discipline. The results have been catastrophic

A Strange Rush for the Exit

In a world where life appears to be getting better, why are we in the grip of a suicide epidemic?

Wives and Mistresses

Hester by Ian McIntyre
Lady Worsley’s Whim by Hallie Rubenhold

‘When a friend who is supposedly a fashion adviser offers to massage your husband, there is a problem’

A Brother at War

Understanding the ordinariness of war helps me cope with my Royal Marine brother's service in Afghanistan

Traditional Gravestones, RIP

In the age of the text-message, British gravestones are becoming less austere

Grey Power Time Bomb

Political parties are being held to ransom by older voters. And it's the young who are paying the price

‘“Mr Heren,” the White House guard told my father, “you just drive right up to the house”’

Infantilification of Us All

The verb "pop" comes from the nursery, and its purpose is to put us back there

Getting to Know the Dalai Lama

The monk who has lead Tibetans for 68 years sees the Beijing Olympics as a chance to convert the Chinese to his cause

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"