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Damn due process, let’s impeach Trump anyway

We are witnessing America’s arguably most destructive political convulsion as the Democrats’ move to impeach President Donald Trump. It is…

6 Dec 2019

What’s woke this week?

Food has featured strongly in wokeworld this week, along with a prestigious art award. In other news, multifarious trigger warnings…

6 Dec 2019

Recognising Jerusalem, two years on

It was in the first week of December 2017, almost a year to the day after being elected President of…

6 Dec 2019

The ABC’s war on ‘us’

The ABC has recently released its new editorial guidance note on “Hate Speech, Terrorism and Mass Killing”. While the document is rich…

6 Dec 2019

When will China’s brittle autocracy break?

You don’t have to be a China watching political historian to recognise the accuracy of the observation that China has…

5 Dec 2019

An early Christmas present for business and taxpayers, a rude awakening for Sir Humphrey

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given business and taxpayers an early Christmas present with today’s announcement of cuts to government…

5 Dec 2019

Our failing school system doesn’t need more money

Put to the test in terms of the education’s systems 3 Es — excellence, equity, and efficiency — Australia has…

5 Dec 2019

Atwood’s Antipodean tour set to lighten handmaids’ skirts by $1 million

Margaret Atwood, the frazzled-haired Canadian author of the blockbuster The Handmaid’s Tale franchise is set to make another fortune in…

5 Dec 2019

The margin between a Tory landslide and defeat is tiny

In next week’s election, it feels like if voters had the choice they would elect a Conservative president and a centre-left…

6 Dec 2019

Watch: Andrew Neil eviscerates Boris Johnson over interview no show

Boris Johnson has so far refused to take part in an election interview with Andrew Neil. Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson,…

6 Dec 2019

Pelosi’s rush to impeachment

‘Breaking news’ sirens sounded over the Twitter webs when Nancy Pelosi announced she is instructing House Democrats to draft articles…

6 Dec 2019

Impeachment really is a pathetic clown show 

First it was COLLUSION! Can you believe it? Trump was colluding with the Russians to steal the election from its…

6 Dec 2019

Labour’s ugly taint of antisemitism

Religious leaders generally steer well clear of politics during election campaigns and nobody can remember when one ever before made…

7 Dec 2019

Clive’s noble cause

The great Clive James died on the same day as the great Jonathan Miller but I know which one I…

7 Dec 2019

Business/Robbery etc

It is not going away. Corporate leaders are increasingly stepping outside their legal requirement to serve the best interests of…

7 Dec 2019

Academia rooted

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences continues to be the standard bearer for everything that is…

7 Dec 2019

Teaching untruths about Jews

Physical Education teachers are caricatured as tormenting the unfit children in the class but in fact they are an essential…

7 Dec 2019

London Bridge is falling down

On 30 November 2019, we were witness to a shocking display of behaviour on London Bridge, that our misandrist citizens…

7 Dec 2019

Lock up the politicians

A favourite argument of the elites is that something is ‘inevitable’  or, more subtly, ‘the planets are aligned’. Blasting what…

7 Dec 2019

Trump, impeachment and the media

Many of us living in the Westminster parliamentary part of the democratic world don’t have much grasp of what the…

30 Nov 2019

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Portrait of Rear-Admiral William Bligh (detail) Alexander Huey, 1814

Hero or Villain? That is the question posed about William Bligh by an exhibition currently at the Australian National Maritime…

7 Dec 2019

The Memory Pool

‘Tis the season to be planning your holiday reading. I take inspiration from the marvellous bookshop in the beautiful lobby…

30 Nov 2019

William Dobell “Woman in a Salon (Helena Rubinstein)” 1960

She was a girl from Coleraine who became the world’s first self made multi-millionairess. Born in Krakôw, Poland in1872, she…

23 Nov 2019

Caroline O’Connor is the Spider Woman

They wrote musicals based on the most unlikely material but John Kander and Fred Ebb enjoyed ultimate success with Cabaret…

16 Nov 2019

The TV show that rots young minds

How can I phrase it without sounding pompous? When very talented people dine together, it sometimes turns into a contest…

7 Dec 2019

Hell is an expat dinner party

I just don’t understand it. Emigrating from Britain to France is a big step. Shifting from one culture to another…

7 Dec 2019

I’ve practically solved the crime myself but still the police won’t help

‘Thank you for calling Surrey Police. We want to help you with your inquiry as quickly as possible. Did you…

7 Dec 2019

The election won’t bring any joy to the racing community – whatever the outcome

Whatever the outcome of the election on 12 December, it is unlikely to bring joy to the racing community. Conservatives…

7 Dec 2019

As English spread over the subcontinent, India lost forever its rich Persianate literary heritage

In the seventh century, the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang made an epic journey through the Gobi desert and over the…

7 Dec 2019

Britain’s obsession with boxing is as deep-rooted as its devotion to cricket

Boxing has long been a British obsession, exported successfully to North America, but never widespread on the Continent. Mainland Europeans…

7 Dec 2019

Will Self’s memoir of drug addiction is a masterpiece of black humour

Well, it was always going to be called Will. More than once in this terrifying, terrific book, Will Self refers…

7 Dec 2019

The people’s Prince: even as a teenager the musician charmed everyone he met

Many pop stars are easy to imagine as children, as it’s a profession that doesn’t really reward growing up. Elton…

7 Dec 2019

The first Puritans weren’t so much killjoys as ardent believers in honest living

‘Puritan’ is a term of abuse, and we tend to use it to refer to such figures as the nightmarishly…

7 Dec 2019

Lydia Davis, like an inspirational teacher, tempts her readers into more reading

A good indicator of just how interesting and alluring Lydia Davis’s Essays proved might be my recent credit card statement.…

7 Dec 2019

The Great War was enough to make grown men weep

Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo it took a mere six weeks for the diplomats of Europe’s…

7 Dec 2019

James Baldwin’s radicalism was part Marxist, part Christian

Great biographies try to answer questions about the complicated relationship between their subjects’ inner life and outer workings. How did…

7 Dec 2019