UK Politics

Revisionist Thinking

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

The Ministers of Sound

From the Beatles and Wilson to Bono and Blair, the rise of rock stars to power and influence has tempted leaders all over the world to cultivate them - even at the risk of ridicule

The Politics of Climate Change

Former Tory chancellor Nigel Lawson challenges David Cameron’s Conservatives, represented by the party’s policy chief Oliver Letwin, to break with the consensus on global warming. Their discussion is chaired by Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson

‘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’

All Satirical Passion Spent

Thatcherism provoked great TV but the makers of Headcases are too liberal, too condescending and not nearly angry enough

The Wrong Idea of a University

Higher education has been hijacked by the quangocracy: teaching is neglected, research is distorted by bogus assessment methods, and trust in professional judgement is gone

What is the Matter with the London Stage?

The Left has lost its monopoly, but new political plays like Brenton’s Never So Good still reveal a tin ear for language

The MOD: Unfit for Purpose

Standpoint’s source in the UK Ministry of Defence reveals a culture that is actively ‘anti-military’

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"
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