Blogs by Kathy Gyngell

Kathy Gyngell

Kathy Gyngell

Kathy Gyngell has a first class honours degree in social anthropology from Cambridge and an Oxford M.Phil. in sociology. She has worked for the former ITV companies, LWT and TV-am as a producer and senior programme executive. A full time mother after the birth of her second son, she founded the voluntary organization Full Time Mothers.

Ministers have to value stay-at-home mothers now their worth has been established

21 October 2013 - Social Policy

Stay-at-home mothering might just be a lifestyle choice for George Osborne but ‘informal’ childcare turns out to have an economic tag of £323 billion – equivalent to 23 per cent of GDP. So why hasn’t he or any of his Ministers mentioned it? Why the reluctance to reconsider what counts ...

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Childcare: what childcare? Dr Spock must be turning in his grave

27 September 2013 - Social Policy

CPS Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell writes on the move away from parenting to 'childcare' carried out by unfamiliar professionals. Today’s political imperative to ‘meet the childcare challenge’ is not about childcare at all. What the politicians are really talking about is child management on a mass scale to ‘free’ (another euphemism) ...

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Where are all the feminists now?

09 September 2013 - Social Policy

On ‘gender selection abortion’ feminists cannot have their cake and eat it.  To retain any vestige of credibility or morality they have to condemn it outright and now, writes Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell. After a summer of anti-misogynist tirades, outrage over the wage gap and evermore demands for gender parity - ...

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Is Dave just too modern for marriage?

03 July 2013 - Social Policy

David Cameron has proved a reluctant groom on the question of married family tax breaks. It is hardly surprising that yesterday’s most recent ‘promise’ has been condemned as too little and too late, writes Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell. Mr Cameron wants to be seen as very modern while Mr Clegg, whatever ...

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Brighton is being used as a back door by the pro drugs ‘reform’ lobby

18 April 2013 - Prisons & Addiction

The drug consumption rooms that Brighton’s committed drug legalising Green MP, Caroline Lucas, proposes, risk inflating the very public health and social problems she claims they would mitigate, writes Kathy Gyngell. Brighton has an acute drug problem.  But the much media-hyped ‘independent’ report laid before Brighton Council today offers no analysis ...

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Mrs Thatcher, the woman I met and got to know – and like

08 April 2013 - History

CPS Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell writes on her relationship with Baroness Thatcher, getting to know her as a result of an invitation to Downing Street and after her exit from power. Unlike most people my interactions with her were mostly woman to woman and surprisingly intimate.I first met Britain’s Iron Lady, ...

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Budget 2013: One earner families are now under siege

20 March 2013 - Social Policy

George Osborne’s reformed ‘modern’ state finds the family on the brink of extinction and one earner couple families under siege argues Kathy Gyngell. Liz Truss’s nanny subsidy policy announcement yesterday (£1200 pound per child for couples earning up to £300,000) put paid to any hope that the Coalition would honour their promise ...

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First the great Portuguese drug decriminalisation fallacy was fostered; now a British liberalisation myth has been strapped on the back of it by a ruthless and conscienceless pro drugs lobby

25 February 2013 - Prisons & Addiction

Kathy Gyngell authored the Addictions reports for Breakdown and Breakthrough Britain, the Conservative Party’s 2007 Social Justice Policy Review. Her recent reports, The Phoney War on Drugs (CPS, 2009) and Breaking the Habit: why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab (CPS, 2011) have attracted widespread media coverage and attention. She researches, writes and ...

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High quality affordable universal child care is a myth and Elizabeth Truss has, unwittingly, exploded it. That’s why her deregulation proposals have offended our sensibilities.

01 February 2013 - Social Policy

The hard headed Elizabeth Truss must be wondering what has hit her. Ever since the Resolution Foundation Report, published last October, the word is that the cost of childcare is forcing  mothers, unwillingly, out of the work force; that childcare here is more expensive here than in Europe; that maternal ...

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HASC’s helpful hand to the drugs legalising lobby is discreditable. But don’t expect the BBC to point this out

12 December 2012 - Prisons & Addiction

With the publication of their “Breaking the Cycle” report, the Home Affairs Select Committee has thrown its weight behind the reverse case – the case for increasing demand and, in time, for the legalisation of all drugs in the UK, writes CPS Addiction expert Kathy Gyngell. Far from ‘Breaking the Cycle’ of ...

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There are smarter ways of dealing with drugs than legalising them - Colorado and Washington will learn this to their cost

07 November 2012 - Prisons & Addiction

‘Let ‘em use’ or ‘lock ‘em up’. Recent demands for drug legalisation suggest that drugs policy is a matter of ‘either/ or’. And that’s what the voters of Colorado and Washington must have believed to risk this ‘putting the lunatics in charge of the asylum’ moment.But this polarisation is misinformed ...

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The Coalition’s drug treatment legacy is likely to be an expansion of ‘harm reduction’ not one of recovery

15 September 2012 - Prisons & Addiction

Kathy Gyngell authored the Addictions reports for Breakdown and Breakthrough Britain, the Conservative Party’s 2007 Social Justice Policy Review. Her recent reports, The Phoney War on Drugs (CPS, 2009) and Breaking the Habit: why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab (CPS, 2011) have attracted widespread media coverage and attention. She researches, ...

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An International Drugs Control system is inevitable and necessary. We’d be in a worse mess without it.

06 March 2012 - Prisons & Addiction

The challenge for the international community has been to establish a regulatory system that ensures that the legitimate medical and scientific needs for opiates are met, whilst preventing diversion to illicit markets. Its achievement has been to limit worldwide adult illicit drug use to 5% while meeting these needs, says ...

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The social mobility challenge for school reformers is to educate, not to equalise

24 February 2012 - Social Policy

CPS Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell argues that despite the focus of politicians on schools as agents of social mobility, evidence points that whatever the 'radical change' made, they actually have little effect. In the furore over Professor’s Ebdon’s appointment to Offa (or OffToff as it has now been indelibly named) one ...

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Making Payment by Results work in 2012

31 December 2011 - 2012 Policy Resolutions

In the fifteenth of the CPS' 'UK Policy Resolutions for 2012' series, CPS Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell suggests reforms to the Payment by results method of drug rehabilitation. Yesterday, in the fourteenth in the series, Kieron O’Hara suggested some priorities for the Coalition in 2012.""UK ...

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