Votes at 16, and other burning issues

‘The main argument for me against votes for 16s is less their readiness but more the effect it will have on the already miserable nature of political campaigning’

Cameron’s cunning plan for bombing Syria

The questions over extending air raids answered in 43 key points

A great escape and Mao’s Little Red Book

The Tories are lucky in their enemy as the chancellor got away with his humiliating climbdown

In cinemas soon: RoboAccountant

‘With the threat from automation more economic than cinematic, it may be necessary to rethink a number of much-loved movies’

Out of the groove

‘Sometimes progress diminishes us but most of the time new technology thrives because it improves our experience’

Thatcher dress row has whiff of Psycho

The current Conservative leadership consider themselves very much the Iron Lady’s children

Halloween: a victim writes

‘The mystical night when children rise from their computer screens in search of sweets, has become huge business’

How to bring meddlesome Lords to heel

We could feed them more meat — or would the Chinese buy some?

Sitting witty

‘The way a town responds to subversive street art is a pretty good test of its true character’

Xi turns integrity into tradeable currency

UK’s chancellor meets a Chinese official to thrash out state visit details

Kitchen sink dramas

‘You look at your salesman and wonder if your deal is the difference between him losing or keeping his job’

Of motives and men

‘I don’t doubt men’s belief in equality; I simply question whether any man volunteers to read “The Female Eunuch” without some ulterior motive’

Cameron, Twitter and what divides Britain

Let me put it as simply as I can, prime minister, the Conservatives are not the UK either

Jet lag and time warps

‘Trump’s attraction is to a world craving simple answers — a world where mummy and daddy can still kiss it better’

Mystic Mark Carney, the BoE’s new seer

‘Britain’s SMEs will find it far harder to sell their goods once the cosmos is ruled by Martians’

Exam stress is too much — for parents

‘You have to ask if this endless series of tests is actually robbing parents of all the joys of the teenage years’

Bring back boredom

‘Childhood has become so eroded that we have even robbed our offspring of boredom’

An activist’s guide to the ‘new politics’

Authenticity is central because voters are sick of the spin from old politicians

K999, TDTM and other text codes for parents

‘Frankly it is hard enough to make sense of their texts to us — and they want us to understand those’

LinkedIn etiquette and Apple style

Lawyers’ lessons in social networking


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