Family politics: why proposed limitations on child tax credit is more complicated than simply ‘being careful’

There is something distasteful about politicians dictating matters that really should be kept within the family, not least the bedroom. By its very nature, the proposed cuts to working tax credits for families of more the two children infer that doing more than replace yourself and your partner is really only morally acceptable if you’re…

Why the royal family’s christening photos bother me so much

Yesterday I was irked enough by Wills and Kate’s smug family christening photos, shot by Mario Testino, natch, that I left a snarky remark on Netmum’s Facebook post. Cue a barrage of abuse from sycophantic online royalists. I bit back, because I’m hot-headed like that, but because I’m also someone who like to self-analyse and reason…

Fear and loathing at the local school – going backwards isn’t going to turn back time, so how about accepting that society, not schools need fixing?

I’ve always been proud of the fact that my children go to a progressive school. They don’t wear school uniform and they call their teachers by the first names. Well, at least they did… I felt it was refreshing, modern and inclusive. But apparently the powers that be now see it as detrimental to discipline, and backwards steps…