It’s not just Brexit that has deepened society’s divisions

At the ipaper  With the appalling letter-bomb campaign in New York and following the divisive Kavanaugh row, political polarisation seems to have become an existential issue in the US. Yet there are plenty of reasons to believe that here in the UK we might be following this route, a division triggered by the 2016 referendum. The extent to which the vote has created new political identities in such a short space of time is revolutionary. A new report this… Read on

I’ve become a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra)

At the ipaper Manchester is a similar size to the two cities considered the promised land of urban cycling, Copenhagen and Amsterdam (and its rainfall is actually no worse than the latter). Yet the Dutch and Danish cities weren’t always so cycle-friendly, but rather took a conscious decision to change. After the Second World War cars came to dominate Copenhagen, as across western Europe, and bike use fell significantly. The Danes didn’t like this, and resolved to adopt car-free… Read on

Nothing grips Britain more than a debate about class

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Is James Brokenshire the man to fix the housing crisis?

At the i “Housing” was only added to the department title in January this year, reflecting how acute the problem has got. In March the Prime Minister described the housing system as “broken”, a belated recognition by the Tories that spiralling costs are not only causing homelessness, stifling economic growth, and even preventing people from having families, but also destroying the party’s support among the under-40s. Since 1997 house prices have increased 259 per cent while earnings have gone… Read on

Yes, there is something special about the bond between mother and son

Me at the iPaper  Every morning our four-year-old climbs into our bed just before dawn, after which I’m sure I can feel him subtly trying to push me out and onto the floor so that he can lie in bed with mummy unchallenged. Various activities such as getting him dressed have to be done by his mum, something my daughters never cared about either way. Boys also show more jealousy and possessiveness, and last month he announced that “I… Read on

Headlines about cancer are chilling – but we should marvel at medicine’s ability to defeat it

On the marvels of modern medicine, at the i And yet even this statistic can be read in different ways, as can all mortality stats. The fact that “suicide is the leading cause of death among young men” is often cited as a condemnation of society, yet which cause of death wouldn’t be awful? A century ago it would have been pneumonia, tuberculosis or war that killed young men, and before that cholera, plague, hunger and homicide. “The Big… Read on

Conservatism has no future unless it tackles housing

At the i. While Margaret Thatcher secured 42 per cent of the youth vote in 1979, Britain’s second female prime minister got less than half that, and to the vast majority of under-40s the party is essentially repulsive,  regarded as the Nasty Party, to use Theresa May’s famous Ratnerism. A number of factors might explain this, among them the expansion of university education, declining religious belief, the dominance of the Left in education and media, or the way small-c… Read on