Don’t blame faith schools for our segregated society/My sneaking admiration for Tony Blair

Today on the Catholic Herald I’m writing about faith schools and the blame they increasingly get for segregation, following a report on the subject. As I point out, religion is both a pro and anti-integrationist pressure in society, depending on circumstances. Going to a Catholic state school put me in contact  with lots of people, although as I wrote in my book I’m not sure how culturally enriching this was I grew up with people from all around… Read on

Without children, politics is childish

Without children, politics is childish

Television historian Lucy Worsley recently said that she has “been educated out of the natural reproductive function” and that as a result “I get to spend my time doing things I enjoy”. Worsley, who has a degree from Oxford and has written several books on the aristocracy, said that she had “become the poster girl for opting out of reproduction”. She is certainly not the only woman too bright to breed. In Germany up to 50 per cent of women… Read on