Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.
Never mind sharp-elbow parenting, David Laws. True equality of opportunity would mean the abolition of private education
27 February 2014 01:41 PM
The Schools Minister thinks we need pushy parents and more scholarships. But a few poor bright sparks mingling with posh kids is not going to bring about a fairer society
23 February 2014 06:26 PM
Singer and missionary who was immortalised as Louisa in the stage show and film ‘The Sound of Music’
16 February 2014 12:00 AM
In the postwar years BBC TV, in line with government policy, had operated the “Toddlers’ Truce”, a television-free hour between 6pm and 7pm designed to let parents get the children into bed. The BBC were happy – it saved them money – but the advent of commercial television brought pressure from the ITV companies, who saw it as lost advertising revenue. The Postmaster-General, Charles Hill, weighed in, criticising the Truce as BBC paternalism. On Saturday 16 February 1957, it disappeared: the BBC’s first transmission was Six-Five Special.
It would take something extraordinary for Simon Cowell to send his child to a state school - but extraordinary is exactly what we need
13 February 2014 02:23 PM
Education shouldn’t depend on the size of parental pockets
Shirley Temple: Child star who helped the US through the Depression and went to on serve two stints as an ambassador
12 February 2014 12:00 AM
America needed Shirley Temple. In the grip of the Depression, the dimpled, curly-haired child star sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into audiences' hearts. "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right," President Roosevelt declared. "When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles."
06 February 2014 03:10 PM
He’s not the only footballer in the catering business, but he might be the most upmarket. Compare, for instance, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs's 'Football Cafe' project
Gerd Albrecht: Conductor who became a champion of new music but found himself under fire in the Czech Republic
05 February 2014 12:00 AM
Gerd Albrecht was a German conductor who led orchestras in the Czech Republic, Japan and Denmark and worked to bring music to children. He was a champion in particular of contemporary music, notably the works of Krzysztof Penderecki and Gyorgy Ligeti.
Maximilian Schell: Actor who specialised in roles exploring Nazi era and its legacy and won an Oscar for ‘Judgment in Nuremberg’
02 February 2014 06:29 PM
The winner of the 1961 Academy Award for best actor passed away aged 83
Who would favour 45-week school terms? Tory strategists, clearly - but anyone with children ought to think twice
30 January 2014 02:27 PM
My nine-year-old daughter was horror-struck
Ruth Duccini: Actress who became the second-last survivor of the 124 Munchkins in the 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz'
28 January 2014 12:00 AM
Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Uncredited, Duccini, who was four feet tall, played one of 124 Munchkin townspeople in the 1939 classic. There is now only one surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren.
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Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
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