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Do you want woke with that?

Such is the dominance of political correctness and cultural-left ideology that society is now awash with virtue signalling and kowtowing…

13 Jul 2020

We need cancel culture herd immunity

I’ve always disliked the phrase “I told you so”. It reeks of bitterness wrapped in arrogance, especially when coming from…

13 Jul 2020

Revealed: the true hottest day ever recorded in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology deleted what was long regarded as the hottest day ever recorded in Australia, Bourke’s 125°F…

12 Jul 2020

Standing for Hong Kong

First, they came for the Tibetans, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Tibetan. Then they…

12 Jul 2020

Eden-Monaro: how dare #Cobargo residents think for themselves?

It’s been a week since the Eden-Monaro by-election. The outcome has been overshadowed by the mounting coronavirus crisis, but one…

12 Jul 2020

We need industrial relations reform for post coronavirus recovery

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced there will be an overhaul of Australia’s industrial relations laws. He wants business groups…

12 Jul 2020

There is no greater taboo than perceived insensitivity to Aboriginal Australia, so why the constant cries of racism?

“Burn the f…ing place down!” screams the angry young Aboriginal woman on the TV screen (in a red dress and…

10 Jul 2020

Do we want to follow St Jacinda and price our industry out of existence?

Rio Tinto’s announced closure of its aluminium smelter in New Zealand due to uncompetitive power prices this week is a…

10 Jul 2020

The Kondo effect in politics

The decluttering crusade of home-organizing guru Marie Kondo has taken on a life of its own. Kondo’s effort to shame us…

13 Jul 2020

Will Cambridge stand up for free speech in China?

Last month, Dr Priyamvada Gopal, of Churchill College, Cambridge University, tweeted ‘White Lives Don’t Matter’. She was abused online and…

12 Jul 2020

Coronavirus has exposed the EU’s greatest flaw

Politics begins and ends with sovereignty: the duty and right to make the legitimate final decision. We have seen this…

12 Jul 2020

Pro-lifers, it’s time for civil disobedience

The Supreme Court has ruled in June Medical Services, LLC vs Russo that the dismemberment and removal of unborn human lives was more…

11 Jul 2020

Birthday/Reflections etc.

Australia is on course to self-destruct One of the many benefits in having a big bash to celebrate turning 90…

11 Jul 2020

Mistaken identity politics

Way back in those halcyon days of Martin Luther King the charge of racism related to someone’s failing to be…

11 Jul 2020

Morrison’s defence

In his panoramic survey of war through the ages, the eminent historian Azar Gat discerned two significant trends. To casual…

11 Jul 2020

Welcome to Wuhanistan

Australians found out this week that if they are foolhardy enough to travel to China they could be arbitrarily detained.…

11 Jul 2020

Emperor Xi & Pax Sinica

War preparations, a government-imposed recession or depression, shock reporting about an allegedly resurgent Wuhan virus, borders  closed, talk that overseas…

11 Jul 2020

The cancellation of Mr Heydon

In chambers last week the Dyson Heydon affair occupied many hours of debate. The allegations were shocking but the Chief…

4 Jul 2020

Meagre gruel

Think back to 2013 when the Coalition came into office. Having won that election, and two more, under three different…

4 Jul 2020

Friends in creed

The Chinese Communist Party has abolished the freedoms and semi-autonomous status promised to Hong Kong in the ‘one country two…

4 Jul 2020

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Jessie Traill: A biography

She could have been one of our great-aunts. She was from that remarkable generation of educated, unmarried women who chose…

11 Jul 2020

Wendy Bowman, 2019 by David Darcy Darling Portrait Prize 2020

She is not a theoretical or idealogical environmentalist. Wendy Bowman became an activist when her crops were ruined by polluted…

4 Jul 2020

Keith Urban using a Maton guitar, recording Gimme Shelter in Olympic Studios, London

We are critical of ourselves for not designing or manufacturing things any more. Well, there is a contrary example in…

27 Jun 2020

Laughing Child by John Brack

In a futile attempt at participating in the current cultural revolution, I tried to suffer ‘harm and offence’ from an…

20 Jun 2020

Aussie life

Like so many of us in these troubled times, I am worried about the family statues. The topple-mob cannot be…

11 Jul 2020

The forgotten victims of communism

I just read a piece by Scott McConnell in the American Conservative, a magazine we co-founded 18 years ago. He…

11 Jul 2020

Will Zooming replace real-life socialising?

‘Are you seriously telling me you would rather meet up on Zoom than in reality?’ I asked a friend as…

11 Jul 2020

Aidan O’Brien’s Derby victory was an act of grand larceny

It wasn’t so much a Derby victory this year as an act of grand larceny. Aidan O’Brien isn’t just a…

11 Jul 2020

The Sixties vibe: Utopia Avenue, by David Mitchell, reviewed

There aren’t many authors as generous to their readers as David Mitchell. Ever since Ghostwritten in 1999, he’s specialised in…

11 Jul 2020

How far can we trust the men in lab coats?

A month ago the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine each retracted a major study on Covid-19 drug…

11 Jul 2020

Saying yes slowly is what’s hampering progress today

One of my long-held beliefs is that evolutionary biology should be taught extensively in schools. There may be some objections…

11 Jul 2020

The famous cities of the ancient world were surprisingly small and fragile

Greg Woolf didn’t know his book would come out during an urban crisis. Thanks to coronavirus, Venice’s population, for example,…

11 Jul 2020

Spotting the mountweazels: The Liar’s Dictionary, by Eley Williams, reviewed

There is a particular sub-genre of books which are witty and erudite, comic and serious and often of a bibliophilic…

11 Jul 2020

Children’s books provide the perfect escape from coronovirus

The lockdown we have been enduring has at times felt drawn from the pages of a children’s book. The eerie…

11 Jul 2020

It was Bevin, not Bevan, who was the real national treasure

On a family holiday almost 40 years ago I visited Winsford, the village on the edge of Exmoor where Ernest…

4 Jul 2020

Monuments to the second world war are looking increasingly dodgy

Most monuments are literally set in stone — or cast in bronze to better survive the weather. Being enduring, they…

4 Jul 2020