A former editor of The Independent on Sunday, Janet Street-Porter is now the paper’s editor-at-large. As a journalist and broadcaster she has had an innovative and groundbreaking career in television, creating programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and LWT, for which she has won a Bafta and the Prix Italia. She is also vice president of the Rambler’s Association.
22 September 2013 12:00 AM
More than two years ago I begged the Government to make school dinners compulsory for all and to ban packed lunches. Since 2008, I've been urging politicians to make cookery compulsory in primary schools and to involve children in the preparation and serving of food as a way of teaching them social skills. There has been a television series and a huge campaign by Jamie Oliver, as well as a review of school dinners conducted by Henry Dimbleby and co.
15 September 2013 12:00 AM
UK is slipping down the academic achievement tables in maths, science and reading, compared with countries where kids have two more years’ play than ours
08 September 2013 12:00 AM
A mammogram is a horrible way to torture women to find out if they have breast cancer. Your bosom is grabbed by a nurse and then pushed between two cold sheets of metal and squashed flat. A medieval form of torture that is humiliating, painful and not even reliable: many of us also have to have an ultrasound scan, if our breast tissue is dense. Mammograms must be read by someone who knows what they are doing, who can decode all the fog. Many women will pay hundreds of pounds to have their scans read by private specialists – that's what fear of cancer does.
01 September 2013 12:00 AM
Repent isn't a word we use much. It's not as fashionable as "sorry", that devalued bit of emotional sticking plaster trotted out by everyone from Tony Blair to David Cameron when they want to win a few electoral brownie points. Repentance suggests that a sin has been committed in the first place, not an act of aggression like a war waged on a lie that can be tidied away with an elaborate apology. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, is a verbose fellow who likes to air his thoughts on a daily basis. He's not a neat and tidy spiritual leader, more an unfocused work in progress. Should a beleaguered church with a declining membership in the UK be led by a chap who publicly says he's thinking through divisive issues like same-sex marriage? Or should he man up, be brave, and offer unequivocal spiritual guidance even though it risks losing traditional members?
25 August 2013 12:00 AM
I don't accept that the reason why 1.09 million young people are unemployed is because they are lazy and unfocused
18 August 2013 12:00 AM
Traditional political parties are an anachronism, organisations which are dying a slow but predictable death as we increasingly realise that they have little to offer
11 August 2013 12:00 AM
I'm a decent cook but my presentation tends towards the homely rather than the faux-artistic
21 July 2013 12:12 AM
The architect and designer David Collins, who has just died after a shockingly short illness, was a good friend I didn’t see nearly enough. But every time I went to dinner at any of my favourite restaurants, I was reminded why he was a genius.
14 July 2013 12:00 AM
I would like to see it rebranded, because children whose parents live together may suffer when relationships break down
07 July 2013 12:00 AM
I won't be putting a timer on my shower until the Energy Saving Trust saves us money by putting itself into liquidation
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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