Party Lines

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the chattering classes

The Facts of the Matter

Mastering facts, memorising rules, learning poems by heart have come to be regarded, not as enlarging a child’s world but as positively crushing his or her spirit

Operatic Passions

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

Revisionist Thinking

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

Mozart and the Mob

Despite the name, television drama The Sopranos has nothing to do with opera - or does it?

‘I’m not sure what David Cameron intends to do for me when he offers to support people if they split up with their partners’

Secret Justice, Private Hell

Family courts are putting parents on trial for their children. Instead of helping to keep families together, these secretive tribunals are breaking them apart—often for trivial reasons

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"