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D J Taylor

David John Taylor is a British critic, novelist and biographer.

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Onwards march: Students are being asked to focus on employment rather than intellectual developmen

Hey, teaching inspector, leave those kids alone

Teenagers are not being well served by a system that was meant to open doors for them

Bunter was a straightforward comic turn

The changing shape of fat as a cultural signifier - we’re all Billy Bunter now

‘Tubby’ used to be a comedy stalwart. But now that a quarter of the world’s population is obese, society will have to adjust its view of fat people

Death of the doorstop: Politicians no longer lend themselves to huge biographies, unlike Margaret Thatcher

The decline and fall of the political biography

They are not what they used to be, partly because today’s MPs have less to write about

Hard-won beauty: Carlos Acosta with Zenaida Yanowsky

Ballet star Carlos Acosta can rage, but we are all slaves to the machines

He has warned that young dancers are too easily distracted by hi-tech entertainment. Is this an ‘oldie’ rant or are we going soft in the head (and legs)?

Humber art: Hull needs to bridge the cultural gap between that represented by Philip Larkin and its ‘ordinary’ residents

Congratulations to Hull, 2017 City of Culture

Now we should all let them get on with it unscrutinised (after reading this, obviously). Just don’t mention Larkin 

The bigger the bomb, the bigger the bully

Orwell was as right about arms technology as he was about everything else. Plus, sex sells, and live TV's condition is 'serious but stable'

Why the poor wear flashier trainers

The affluent give lectures on frugality while knowing nothing of the misery of deprivation. Plus: Paul Raymond, and obliging stereotypes

Ed Miliband is up against a sense of entitlement

Labour has no ideology to offer disaffected voters. Plus, the England football team also fail to inspire, and the case for censorship

Micahel Gove means well, but just doesn't get it

Educational reforms mean nothing if the kids skip class. Plus, Nancy Dell'Olio on feminism, and death metal disappointment

Shirker or striver? Most of us are neither

Let's hear it for the majority, who do their best and then go home. Plus, business people should stick to business, and poetic bad behaviour
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