Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Sieghart has been writing about politics since the mid-1980s. After stints at the FT and Today newspaper, she joined The Economist in 1986 as Political Correspondent. In 1988, she moved to become Assistant Editor of The Times, where she spent 19 years, editing the Comment and Arts pages and writing political leaders and columns. She has presented TV programmes such as The Brains Trust and The World This Week and radio programmes such as Profile, The Week in Westminster and Newshour. As well as her Independent column, she also sits on the Council of Tate Modern, is an equity partner in The Browser website and chairs the Social Market Foundation think tank.

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Mary Ann Sieghart: Be glad you live in Britain, not the US, if you're gay or a woman

Contraception is free and uncontroversial, sex education sensible and gay relationships are becoming normalised

Mary Ann Sieghart: Cameron needs more blue-sky thinking to win the next election

Steve Hilton knew the Tories wouldn't be heard if they seemed out of touch and out-of-date

Mary Ann Sieghart: Lords reform is a fight that Nick Clegg will never win

Why is Nick Clegg so determined to throw everything at a policy that will win few votes – and lose many more

Mary Ann Sieghart: You don't have to believe in God to cherish the Church

It is precisely because the Church is established that it feels a duty to serve the whole nation

Mary Ann Sieghart: The dreamers who gave us the eurozone stand condemned

This was a policy blunder born of arrogance and insouciance at the highest levels. And it can't easily be reversed

Mary Ann Sieghart: When the people can see what fairness is, why can't Miliband?

At the last election, many Labour supporters stayed at home because they were angry about the party's position on welfare

Mary Ann Sieghart: What happens when even your supporters don't believe in you?

The problem is that Ed Miliband is too clever, unlike Neil Kinnock, who didn’t seem clever enough

Mary Ann Sieghart: What women see in the mirror is self-hatred

Women feel depressed because the 'ideal shape' is almost as remote from reality as Barbie's

Mary Ann Sieghart: We're all Greeks now when the right to park is under threat

How would we feel if we realised we had no democratic power over our economy?

Mary Ann Sieghart: It's up to parents to resist the tyranny of the pink princesses

I begged my parents for a carpentry set. Would I have dared brave the boys' floor at Hamleys?

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