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Batteries fail to spark

Elon Musk is such a good salesman that, despite formidable and blindingly obvious problems, he has managed to convince everyone…

22 Jul 2017

Ideological evasion

Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to London think tank Policy Exchange on 11 July provided an insight into his government’s ideology, and…

22 Jul 2017

Tony, Donald and the X Factor

Ernst Bertram’s study Nietzsche: Versuch einer Mythologie was published in 1918, but its first English translation, under the subtitle Attempt…

22 Jul 2017

Business/Robbery etc

July is a wonderful month, blessed by federal parliament not sitting and so temporarily depriving the Turnbull government of opportunities…

22 Jul 2017

Economical with… free speech

The Spycatcher trial established Malcolm Turnbull’s reputation at the time as a brilliant champion of free speech. Personally, reviewing a…

22 Jul 2017

Rape culture frenzy

The knives are out and sights set on a mighty big scalp. Moves are afoot to fell St Paul’s College,…

15 Jul 2017

Tim’s anti-White Australia Policy

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane’s latest push to embed grievance-mongering identity politics at the heart of the nation’s institutions threatens…

15 Jul 2017

Bob Carr has no shame

Does he have no sense of shame? Is there nothing he won’t do to defame Israel, or the local Jewish…

15 Jul 2017

Grace Cossington Smith, The bridge in building 1929

The viewer could treat this exhibition as an exercise in ‘compare and contrast’, or follow my preference and simply enjoy…

22 Jul 2017

Nadine Garner

Three women who shared a flat as university freshers in 1983 and have maintained their friendship through the years are…

15 Jul 2017

Alan Moorehead

He left Melbourne in 1936 to become a famous writer, and he did. Not just a famous writer but a…

8 Jul 2017

Tom Roberts The sculptor’s studio 1884-85

We may have seen them before, but the prospect of the Australian Impressionism show is very alluring; it has now…

1 Jul 2017

Low life

Valencia was a furnace. During the short ride from the airport, the taxi driver supplemented his chat about the weather…

22 Jul 2017

Real life

Two months after I cancelled Sky, a strange letter arrived in the post. ‘We are writing to you because we…

22 Jul 2017

Rog apart, Wimbledon 2017 was a disgrace

For obvious reasons this column always welcomes ‘King Roger Rules The World’ headlines on the back pages. And the front…

22 Jul 2017

Winter is nearly here – bring on the body count

As a Game of Thrones fan, I feel ambivalent about the fact that the saga is finally wending its way…

22 Jul 2017

The turf

A woman I once encountered at the dining table whose prime years were clearly behind her described herself as ‘approaching…

22 Jul 2017

High life

I switch personalities at Spectator parties, depending who the guests are: for our readers’ tea party, I am a warm…

20 Jul 2017

Playing Stalin for laughs

Christopher Wilson’s new novel is much easier to enjoy than to categorise. And ‘enjoy’ is definitely the right word, even…

22 Jul 2017

The new age of the refugee

After years of estrangement in a foreign land, what can immigrants expect to find on their return home? The remembered…

22 Jul 2017

By Patten or design?

My old friend Richard Ingrams was said always to write The Spectator’s television reviews sitting in the next-door room to…

22 Jul 2017

Something in the water

‘It was a shock, and an epiphany,’ says Fiona Sampson, to realise that many of her favourite places were built…

22 Jul 2017

The infamous four

Most books about British traitors feature those who spied for Russia before and during the Cold War, making it easy…

22 Jul 2017

The cold grip of fear

A screenwriter sits in a lovely rented house somewhere up an Alp in early December. The air is clear, the…

22 Jul 2017

A choice of short stories

It can’t be easy to switch between editing others people’s fiction and writing your own: how do you suspend that…

22 Jul 2017

The first celebrity

It’s quite a scene to imagine. A maniacal self-publicist with absurd facial hair takes off in what’s thought to be…

15 Jul 2017

Beyond the pale

You can tell everything you need to know about what Victoria Lomasko thinks of her homeland by the titles of…

15 Jul 2017

Voices of exile

During the military dictatorships of the 1970s, exile for many Latin American writers was not so much a state of…

15 Jul 2017

China syndrome

Every day on his way to work at Harvard, Professor Allison wondered how the reconstruction of the bridge over Boston’s…

15 Jul 2017

Self’s obsessions

This 600-page, single-paragraph novel shuttles back and forth across time between the perspectives of an elderly and confused psychiatrist, a…

15 Jul 2017