Hello, BT automaton. Kafka here . . .

I already need fingerprint evidence just to use my own phone. What next? Retinal scans to use the toaster?

Man-made idols who cannot plead the law

Ched Evans case and his lack of contrition show why footballers must be held to a higher standard

In the ring with raging dad

We all recognise the motivational parent at a sporting event but this one stood out for his monomania

Frozen families and fertility in the Valley

The latest hot idea from the Palo Alto incubator could hatch all sorts of weird offspring

‘Twin Peaks’ – lost the plots

The stylish but maddening cult David Lynch series is set to return in 2016. What follows is unlikely to contain spoilers

A president with no boots on the ground

Barack Obama has resolved to think very carefully before he even considers making a decision

Worst . . . parents . . . EVER!!

The tussle began with an argument over my 15-year-old son’s continued refusal to poison his body with vegetables. And the origin of this explosion – broccoli

Redwood, the EU and a bit of friendly advice

Oi, you lot – keep out of that Europe chatter if you know what’s good for you

A betrayal theory to fuel the Neverendum

The Scottish people have spoken so it’s only fair to give them another opportunity

Chongqing mobile pedestrians
©Lucas Varela

Walk the walk and talk the talk

People have plugged themselves so totally into technology that even walking is proving too much of a distraction

Savaging Google and American capitalism

The search engine is making way too much money and it just isn’t fair

Time to spin off Scotland?

UK’s made the most of these northern assets. We are ready for a management buyout

Paying the price to keep Scotland’s love

Nothing is too radical to offer the Scots to dissuade them from voting for independence

A whole new level of Appliciousness

The iPhone 6 is almost upon us. Only another 48 weeks to wait for the iPhone 7

Forget iHacks, we’re all exposed online

The hacking of celebrities’ nude photos is a reminder that nothing is private any more

Airlines fight for the right to recline

Passenger row highlights the problems thrown up by aircraft economy measures

When choice isn’t an option

‘To live,’ remarked Kofi Annan, ‘is to choose.’ But apparently some of us are living too well

A feeding frenzy on Facebook

One of the key lessons of recent years is that the power of social media is reduced if everyone is talking and no one is listening

Warning! Mawkish parents ahead

This week marked the last time I shall walk one of my children to school. I envisaged a wistful, maybe even elegiac, affair

Welcome to the Braveheart Games

The very idea of using the event to further the cause of independence would be plain unsporting


Robert Shrimsley Robert Shrimsley is the Managing Editor of FT.com. Before this he has served as the FT’s chief political correspondent and news editor.

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