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A Millenial changes her mind

Spectator Australia contributor Anne Gallagher is currently overseas and received this letter from her 17-year old daughter. It is reproduced…

23 Sep 2017

The inconvenient truth about Al Gore

A decade ago Al Gore released his documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Second only to 9/11 it was the decade’s most…

23 Sep 2017

Tying the Gordian knot

The same sex marriage push didn’t just appear overnight. It’s the result of carefully crafted campaigns by US homosexuals with…

23 Sep 2017

Unlearning truth

Nearly ten months on, the University of Sydney appears to be coming to grips with the fact that Donald Trump…

23 Sep 2017

Turnbull, SSM and the culture wars

In his capacity as an individual, Malcolm Turnbull has just as much right to an opinion on same-sex marriage as…

23 Sep 2017

What Trojan horse?

One popular metaphor used by No campaigners is that of the Trojan horse. Same-sex marriage will, the metaphor suggests, introduce…

23 Sep 2017

Business/Robbery etc

Created by a combination of federal political incompetence and ideology-based state stupidity, it is sovereign risk, above all else, that…

23 Sep 2017

Puppet masters and useful idiots

A few years ago I returned to Sydney after nearly a life-time spent working in England. With my interest in…

16 Sep 2017

Thomas Hampson

Sir Andrew Davis became Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and, happily, will continue until the end…

23 Sep 2017

Vivica Genaux

Founded in 2002, Pinchgut Opera has presented 19 rarely performed works with such distinction that its audience has grown along…

16 Sep 2017

Anne-Sophie Mutter

These are good times for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Chief Conductor Davis Robertson announced a glamorous 2018 Season. The Board…

9 Sep 2017

Marion Hall Best in Marimekko, 1968

Her shop was one of the glories of Rowe Street, itself one of the glories of old Sydney, before it…

2 Sep 2017

Shocking bad hat

My husband complains that the disposition of teenagers in London is one of mocking hostility. I seem to suffer less…

23 Sep 2017

Real life

BT have just put the phone down on me for asking them to stop sending me junk mail, which is…

23 Sep 2017

The mystery of socialism’s enduring appeal

One of the mysteries of our age is why socialism continues to appeal to so many people. Whether in the…

23 Sep 2017

Make life easier and all else will follow

You can try to change people’s minds, but this is difficult. You can bribe people to change their behaviour, but…

23 Sep 2017

Learning to talk

One of the great achievements of science is that so many of its branches, from astronomy to zoology, have been…

23 Sep 2017

Deep learning

Given the brilliance of his career as a fiction-writer, it is easy to forget that J.M. Coetzee has a commensurate…

23 Sep 2017

Harsh, but entertaining

When millionaires become billionaires they become even greedier and more ruthless. At the highest level, Trumpian economics can be lethal.…

23 Sep 2017

The cult of Holy Bob

The Harder They Come, Jamaica’s first (and still finest) home-grown film, was released in 1972 with the local singer Jimmy…

23 Sep 2017

The hunger

In 1933 my aunt Lenina Bibikova was eight years old. She lived in Kharkov, Ukraine. Every morning a polished black…

23 Sep 2017

Muddled in minutiae

‘Publitical’ is a neologism worth avoiding. Bill Goldstein uses it to describe T.S. Eliot’s activities when launching and promoting his…

Demonised by history

Some oleaginous interviewer once suggested to Winston Churchill that he was the greatest Briton who ever lived. The grand old…

23 Sep 2017

Britain über alles

  David Cannadine was a schoolboy in 1950s Birmingham, which was still recognisable as the city that Joseph Chamberlain had…

23 Sep 2017

A game of cat-and-mouse

All Involved, Ryan Gattis’s breakout novel about the LA riots of 1992, was an absolute blast. Ballsy, vivid and immersive,…

16 Sep 2017

True grit

As literary editor of the Sunday Times in the early 1980s, when the rest of the editorial staff routinely papered…

16 Sep 2017

Raising Cain

It is a pretty safe bet that for every 1,000 people who know of William Wilberforce, no more than the…

16 Sep 2017

Folk-tale redux

Daniel and his big sister, Cathy, do not go to school. They live with their father, a gargantuan former prizefighter,…

16 Sep 2017