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Ministers agree 'the young see Tories as aliens'

Ministers come to the support of Nick Boles, who warned young voters see Tories as "aliens"<p>Nick Boles, the minister who warned that young voters see Tories as “aliens”, has won support from fellow ministers for his controversial assessment of the party’s image.<p>The planning minister this week said …

Opinion

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The Week in Review: Cameron wipes out all record of Liberal Conservatism

They finally did it. This week the Tories stopped pretending, once and for all, that they were ever engaged in a modernisation process.<p>It's been …

Why did David Dimbleby get a tattoo – to stand out, or fit in?

At one tattoo parlour in London, artists say their customers have a variety of motives, but they're not judging<p>'I've tattooed people in their mid-70s," said Dominique, 32, who has worked at Family Business in Exmouth Market, central London, for the past seven years. "I love it. What I seem to …

China to loosen one-child policy and abolish labour camps

Ruling Communist party announces that couples can have two children if one parent is an only child<p>China has pledged to loosen its one-child policy and end a controversial "re-education through labour" programme, state media reported on Friday, days after the conclusion of a meeting of top Communist …

A cyclist's view of London's notorious Cycle Superhighway 2 - video

Three of the five cyclists killed recently in London died on or near Cycle Superhighway 2, a cycle-path route running from Aldgate in the City to Stratford in the east of the capital. Rigged with a camera mounted on his helmet and another on his bike, Peter Walker rides the route. It takes in some …

Boy killed himself after years of bullying, inquest hears

Ayden Keenan-Olson, 14, researched suicide online and left notes outlining homophobic and racist abuse he faced at school<p>An inquest has heard that a teenager researched suicide online before taking his own life after years of bullying.<p>Ayden Keenan-Olson, 14, was found dead in his bed by his father, …

Are you an extreme Christmas shopper?

What type of shopper are you: do you hit the high street on Christmas Eve or are you already smugly wrapped and packed?<p>Most of us have just started thinking about our Christmas shopping. Others will keep their heads in the sand and find themselves rushing around the stores at the last minute. …

Why are children always certain they know best?

Even if you show show them evidence to the contrary, they will still believe they are right<p>I have watched four children grow now and I am still left with a mystery – what is the nature of childhood? What makes children different? I have written before about the elusive quality of innocence: how it, …

David Willetts: Why I want more British students to study in America

Time spent exploring another culture is of enormous value in the labour market, says David Willetts.<p>A survey out this week reveals that last year roughly 9,500 UK students enrolled on a degree course in the US. Some will rush to label this an alarming "brain drain". But this sort of student …

Chris York on Twitter: "Are ministers out of touch with the average worker? http://t.co/6ze49WLdnD http://t.co/r4VwcfWfRK"

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Young poor have low aspirations, says David Cameron

People from poorer households and ethnic minorities need help to “get them to think that they can get all the way to the top,” the Prime Minister says<p>Young people from working class families do not get ahead in life partly because they have low “aspirations”, David Cameron has suggested.<p>People from …

United Kingdom

Sex, love, work: inside the world of twentysomething women

A twentysomething herself, Hanna Woodside lifts the lid on what 'nice girls' are really up to these days when it comes to their relationships with men<p>It was my 24th birthday last month, and as my girlfriends chatted in my kitchen before we headed out to town I noticed a clear divide in the room. …

Relationships

Bryony Gordon appreciates a bit of leering attention

How the other half lives: Bryony Gordon is flattered and surprised by her first post-baby wolf-whistle<p>Something so exciting happens that I have to call Harry.<p>Not the usual “exciting” that will lead me to call my husband three, four, sometimes five times a day, while he is busy at work (Edie did a …

The Victoria's Secret catwalk show has nothing to do with fashion

Call me old-fashioned, but a fashion show without clothes is not my kind of fashion show. And I know what you're thinking, but it's not like the lingerie brand's show is about sex either<p>It is the most expensive catwalk show ever staged, but it has almost nothing to do with fashion. They're not …

Interview: Nick Knight

Nick Knight talks to Lou Stoppard about the link between creativity and mental health difficulties in this candid, moving interview

Why you won't catch me queuing for a burger

Waiting two hours in a line for beef in a bun was never going to be a good idea<p>I'm all for delayed gratification. I will book theatre tickets six months ahead. I will take a shoulder of lamb, stud it with anchovies and garlic and half-submerge it in a broth of red wine, stock and piggy bits, so …

Michael Gove: privately educated people have too much power in Britain

Michael Gove says that Sir John Major, the former Prime Minister, was "right" to warn about the dominance of privately educated people in British public life<p>It is an “inescapable fact” that too much power in Britain is still in the hands of the affluent middle class and those who are privately …

Michael Gove

Vince Cable: university degrees 'superfluous to many jobs'

The Business Secretary criticises a rise in the number of standard occupations such as nursing that now require a degree, saying top-level qualifications are often 'superfluous'<p>A sharp rise in the number of jobs that require a degree as a minimum entry requirement has led to “qualification …

Godfrey Bloom: Ban Unemployed People From Voting

Godfrey Bloom has called for unemployed people to be banned from voting, in a call derided as "social apartheid".<p>In a controversial blog for the …

Conservative Party Accused Of Deleting Its Internet History

The Conservative Party has been accused of erasing from the internet all evidence of speeches and press releases issued before the last election.<p>On …

Can a catwalk-inspired fashion collection save Marks & Spencer?

With a lineup that references 90s minimalism and Isabel Marant, M&S is about to unveil its most fashion-led look for years. Will it turn the store's fortunes around?<p>A "hero piece" is a fashion term for the one seasonal item that can pull your wardrobe out of the doldrums. This is usually hyperbole …

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There is no A-Z of how to dress as you get older

A new book The Granny Alphabet celebrates the style of older women. But it fails to capture their uninhibited joy and the lack of rules<p>It is my great good fortune to spend so much time in the company of older women. I have the strongest conviction that a team of properly organised older women could …

Photographers

The Granny Alphabet – in pictures

Fashion photographer Tim Walker's new book celebrates the style of older women, and comes with a companion volume of illustrations by Lawrence Mynott<p>The Granny Alphabet is published by Thames & Hudson and is available from the Guardian bookshop