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Won’t somebody please think of the ABC journos?

In a salient display of a free press and journalistic independence, the Australian government-owned national broadcaster has taken the Australian…

17 Feb 2020

Jordan Peterson and how the left seek to destroy those it hates

Jordan Peterson, one of the world’s leading intellectuals and a twenty-first-century champion of academic truth has just passed through one of the most…

17 Feb 2020

The left’s hypocrisy on “racism”

It’s just as well the left keeps losing elections around the world – worse than losing votes; they’ve lost the…

17 Feb 2020

The Minister, Sir Humphrey and Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s grant

The Australia Council was the creation of the Whitlam government and, in the last round of grant recipients, to the…

17 Feb 2020

So you think you’re a classical liberal?

A fair number of people nowadays are announcing that they’re classical liberals. An apparently more or less equal number of…

16 Feb 2020

Don’t mention the pandemic

The Woke Health Organisation – sorry, the World Health Organisation – continues to provide non-stop entertainment as the Coronavirus spreads.…

14 Feb 2020

What’s woke this week

This week kids’ cartoons that will turn your little darlings into global capitalists, Big Brother policing of fashion faux pas,…

14 Feb 2020

Love and Thoms: this isn’t closing the gap, but entrenching our differences

Friends, Romans, Countrymen – Lend me your ears and hear my words.  This week the High Court of Australia handed…

14 Feb 2020

The BBC’s big problem is its obsession with itself

One reason people are disillusioned with the BBC is its obsession with itself. Here is the text of a question…

16 Feb 2020

The coronavirus is China’s biggest test since Tiananmen Square

Over 1,500 Chinese have died from the coronavirus, with tens of millions quarantined in their own homes. President Xi is…

16 Feb 2020

The Spectator becomes the world’s longest-lived current affairs magazine

This weekend The Spectator reaches a truly historic milestone. For forty years, it has been the oldest current-affairs or literary…

16 Feb 2020

Write off Bloomberg’s meme army at your own peril

Michael Bloomberg is everywhere. If you watch a YouTube video, there’s a Bloomberg 2020 ad. If you live in any…

16 Feb 2020

Entebbe: the sequel

The Arab League has joined the Organization of Islamic Countries in formally rejecting the Trump plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian…

15 Feb 2020

Go slow ScoMo

Hard to believe, I know, but the Morrison government is just about to hit its nine-month anniversary since its surprise…

15 Feb 2020

Beagle love

There are various ways for a man in an extramarital affair to clandestinely communicate with his paramour — from furtively…

15 Feb 2020

Roaring into the Twenties

When Ricky Gervais came roaring onto the stage at the recent Golden Globe awards, he cemented his place as the…

15 Feb 2020

Dog of a fight

Like a latter-day Snoopy, Barnaby Joyce has been dreaming of bringing down the Red Baron —Nats’ leader Michael McCormack— ever…

15 Feb 2020

Thought control through fear

I walked the streets of Leipzig last month, 75 years since it was handed over from Nazi to Communist tyranny.…

15 Feb 2020

Aux Bien Pensants

A passenger on MV Zaandam from Buenos Aires to  the Antarctic last week, I was  reminded of the warning by…

15 Feb 2020

Business/Robbery etc

Hankering for a return to the good old days when Britain was Australia’s biggest export market as the Poms consumed…

7 Feb 2020

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No Pay? No Way!

As a sort of protest, I am not going to the opening of No Pay? No Way! at the Sydney…

15 Feb 2020

The Happy Prince

Many people have had a go at it. Ever since Oscar Wilde published The Happy Prince and Other Tales in…

7 Feb 2020

Luca Micheletti and Anna Dowsley

A taciturn Glaswegian and an unlikely knight of the realm, David McVicar has directed several of Opera Australia’s most admired…

1 Feb 2020

Marta Dusseldorp

Known throughout his life as Dick, Gerardus Dusseldorp had just come to Australia and created Civil and Civic (later Lend…

24 Jan 2020

The appeal of ugly men

Gstaad Lenin Moreno is in trouble, despite his very unchristian first name. For any of you unfamiliar with the name,…

15 Feb 2020

How I found salvation in a church in Torquay

Last Tuesday a Mistral wind blowing across the Bay of Angels jerked the plane all over the shop as it…

15 Feb 2020

The pros and cons of robot vision

Being told I am now both short-sighted and long-sighted feels like someone is playing a very bad joke on me.…

15 Feb 2020

Dear Mary: What is the etiquette about kissing during the coronavirus scare?

Q. I am having a drinks party to celebrate the publication of my latest book. I sent out invitations (to…

15 Feb 2020

Unspeakably prolix and petty: will anyone want to read John Bercow’s autobiography?

John Bercow obviously intended his book to annoy people, and he’s certainly succeeded in that. MPs who don’t find their…

15 Feb 2020

Death in the Cape – the lonely fate of Mary Kingsley

What compelled three well-known British writers to leave their homes and travel 6,000 miles to participate in a nasty late-19th-century…

15 Feb 2020

The stomach for the fight: cooking for Churchill during the war

Georgina Landemare cooked for the Churchill family in all their kitchens, during the 1930s and 1940s. She got as close…

15 Feb 2020

There’s something hot about a hat

When an American describes a woman as wearing a ‘Park Avenue Helmet’ you know exactly what is meant. This is…

15 Feb 2020

Philip Hensher’s latest novel is a State of the Soul book

This is a very nuanced and subtle novel by Philip Hensher, which manages the highwire act of treating its characters…

15 Feb 2020

A dark emerald set in the Irish laureate’s fictional tiara: Actress, by Anne Enright, reviewed

Actress is the novel Anne Enright has been rehearsing since her first collection of stories, The Portable Virgin (1991). It…

15 Feb 2020

Hiding from the Gestapo in plain sight in Berlin

Of the many bleak moments that have lodged in my mind since reading this extraordinary book the most unshakeable is…

15 Feb 2020

How long is long enough to look at a work of art?

There is a vogue at the moment for books which use art as a vehicle for examining the writer’s wider…

15 Feb 2020