“Tiger mother” Amy Chua, co-author with husband  Jed Rubenfeld of combustible new book ‘The Triple Package’. Photograph: Bloomsbury

Ten days ago my husband went to a reunion at Eton College for the leavers of 1974. About 150 men crowded into the 15th-century chapel to belt out a qu(...)

 Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson: Dr Jackson spoke  at the Discovery International Christmas Carol Service which took place in the Church of St George and St Thomas on Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The life of Nelson Mandela made “unreflective conservatism” impossible, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin has said.Archbishop Michael Jackson(...)

To say: “Oh dear this pasta is disgustingly soggy” simply draws the guests’ attention to how overcooked it is, which otherwise they might not have noticed. Worse, it then obliges them to say: “But no! It’s delicious.” Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Last week I had a drink with a woman who has just landed one of the biggest jobs in her industry. Over a couple of grapefruit negronis she told me she(...)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George after arriving at Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, London, ahead of the prince’s  christening  by the Archbishop of Canterbury today.  Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Prince George, the three-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was christened this afternoon in London. The Duke and Duchess had named (...)

Hinkley Point nuclear power station is seen behind rocks on a beach in Bridgwater, southwest England. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

A deal to build Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation is due to be announced today. The government has been in negotiations with French-ow(...)

The controversial payday lending industry was the subject of a government-led summit on Monday, hosted by consumer minister Jo Swinson. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Payday loan companies pride themselves on being able to approve advances online in less than 15 minutes. So, in the time it takes the British governme(...)

Campaigners demonstrating for a Yes vote to allow gay marriage outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

For composer Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh was home. Tonight, the village’s shingle beach on the Suffolk coast will fill to the strains of his greatest (...)

Royal Bank of Scotland: chairman Sir Philip Hampton has said the bank would be ready for privatisation next year. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

The idea of splitting Royal Bank of Scotland into a “good bank” – ripe for reprivatisation – and a state-run “bad bank” holding RBS’s toxic assets ha(...)

Britain’s chancellor George Osborne: the pressure has been mounting on him in the run-up to tomorrow’s GDP announcement, not least from the International Monetary Fund, which has joined the chorus of those questioning his rigid adherence to austerity. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Reuters

Has Britain slithered into its third recession since the start of the financial crisis? We’ll find out at last at 9.30am tomorrow when the Offi(...)

Tessa Phillips, who worked at the Finchley Conservative office between 1977 and 2009, signs a book of condolence at the party headquarters in Finchley yesterday. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Operation True Blue got under way yesterday as a special British cabinet office committee was set up to co-ordinate the log(...)

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