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Lies, leeches and Chinese whispers: one not so enchanted summit

What was that Malcolm Turnbull once said about “the prime minister who broke the nation’s heart”? Whatever the case, he…

18 Aug 2019

Je suis Fredo

I have pondered for some time why President Trump is so disliked by all the mainstream media. I am using…

18 Aug 2019

If Raheem Kassam should be banned from Australia, what about that thug George O’Dowd?

According to grandstanding Senator Kristina Keneally, commentator Raheem Kassam should have been banned from entry to Australia. Kassam, who offhandedly…

17 Aug 2019

Nightmare feminism

#MeToo is like a malignant cancer that multiplies and spreads. It attacks the white blood cells. It attacks the immune…

16 Aug 2019

It’s gender inequality – but not like you’ve seen it

A team of researchers from the University of Missouri and the University of Essex have produced a new way of measuring…

16 Aug 2019

What the world can learn from Australia’s immigration policy

It’s often said that it does not matter if you are a slow learner, so long as you are able…

16 Aug 2019

EXCLUSIVE: After Sydney – Raheem Kassam on stabbing the messenger

If Kristina Keneally and her Labor cohorts were to be believed, it would not have been “Allahu akbar” the stabber…

15 Aug 2019

What’s woke this week

I’ve been away from the world of woke for a while and it’s depressing to see just how well it’s…

15 Aug 2019

The magic and mystery of English cricket

Nothing in cricket is quite as visceral, even quite as primeval, as the confrontation between a batsmen of the highest…

18 Aug 2019

Give Hong Kongers real security: a British passport

We seem to be building up to a second Tiananmen Square, 30 years after the first. This time the venue…

17 Aug 2019

Was I wrong about Boris Johnson?

The Conservative commentariat does not march in step. Myself, along with Matthew Parris, Max Hastings and Simon Heffer are proud, stiff-necked…

17 Aug 2019

The battle cry of the politically homeless

Like millions of other Americans, I’m exhausted. But I’m not tired from #Resisting or tired from screaming at a MAGA…

17 Aug 2019

Keneally sells out

It is not the easiest thing in the world to cause a stir among conservatives. They are often described as…

17 Aug 2019

Business/Robbery etc

Having turned 80 last month and 12 years out of office, Australia’s 25th Prime Minister John Winston Howard’s occasional and…

17 Aug 2019

The day the news died

Hollywood blockbusters are not normally the place one finds insight, but a new action thriller recently provided an unexpected reflection…

17 Aug 2019

Nihilism nirvana

If you were to believe some politicians and journalists, the recent mass killings in El Paso, Texas and Christchurch, New…

17 Aug 2019

We are only half-reconciled

Senator Pat Dodson, often called the ‘father of reconciliation’, said last week that political leaders had failed to reconcile with…

17 Aug 2019

Four freedoms

Is it time for Australia to legislate for a minimalist bill of rights? Now, before you scream ‘Not as long…

17 Aug 2019

True leadership personified

Although Napoleon said that every soldier carries a field-marshal’s baton in his knapsack, great leaders are rare. Since Churchill, the…

17 Aug 2019

NSW botches abortion

‘The sound of men arguing over our personal reproductive health choices hurts my ears and it offends my very core,’…

17 Aug 2019

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Maxine Peake

We live in a time of paradoxes. The NSW Parliament has just legislated for terminations to be performed from 22…

17 Aug 2019

Sylvia in Houston

Houston is a prosperous Texan city, the hub of the US oil and gas industries. And home to the city’s…

10 Aug 2019

Dominic Smith

He’s an Australian-born international best-selling author. Dominic Smith was born in Brisbane in 1971 to an Australian mother and an…

3 Aug 2019

King’s College choristers at ease

It was a beautiful autumn morning when we went up to Cambridge for a meeting at King’s College. Christopher Hogwood…

27 Jul 2019

Another birthday has got me down, but the alternative is being dead

If it hadn’t arrived I’d be dead, but it was hardly welcome: another birthday — 38 years old on 11…

17 Aug 2019

A day spent in Oncology

A 20-minute drive through quiet country lanes then suddenly a madcap roundabout and teeming new ring road and finally the…

17 Aug 2019

I’ve always enjoyed myself on Wayfair – but this time I’ve had enough

One thing Lorraine Kelly does not say in the Wayfair advert is: ‘What if I fancy getting my money back…

17 Aug 2019

Why do race-goers have to subsidise the post-sport entertainment?

Before this year’s Shergar Cup meeting all I had seen of Australian flat jockey Mark Zahra was a memorably painful…

17 Aug 2019

Migration in Europe is the ripple effect of the second world war

Two words may pique the reader’s interest on the cover of this timely, panoramic history of Europe by the distinguished…

17 Aug 2019

Popular medical non-fiction will soon have covered every human body part

Nobody warns you when you start medical school that your career decisions have only just begun. Up to a decade…

17 Aug 2019

Pity poor Candace Bushnell, still flogging Sex and the City at 60

On paper, Candace Bushnell and the medieval warlord El Cid don’t have a lot in common. The first made a…

17 Aug 2019

A novel take on the Western: Inland, by Téa Obreht, reviewed

Téa Obreht’s second novel is an expansive and ambitious subversion of Western tropes, set in fin de siècle America. We…

17 Aug 2019

The trail-blazing women writers of the 1960s were quite different from the male Angries

The accepted story of mid-20th century culture in Britain belongs to the boys: the British Invasion, Beyond the Fringe and…

17 Aug 2019

Walter Bagehot: the revered Victorian who got almost everything wrong

Who was Walter Bagehot? For generations of politics students he has been the all-but-unpronounceable — Bayge-hot? Baggott? — author of…

17 Aug 2019

Does Kim Jong-un deliberately emulate a Bond villain?

North Korea watchers are good book-buyers, rarely able to resist scratching that itch of interest caused by the world’s worst…

17 Aug 2019

Homage to Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor

It is not often that a book’s blurb gives any idea of what’s inside, but Helen Castor’s endorsement — ‘a…

10 Aug 2019