David Long

Freedom of speech guarantees your right to know

17 November 2019 5:58 pm

The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution contains the following words: Congress shall make…

Sorry Margaret, but you’re a thought criminal

7 November 2019 7:15 pm

According to the Nine Network and its tedious tabloids, Margaret Court is causing headlines again by demanding that she receive…

God and the Rock – and our parliament and liberties

5 November 2019 7:13 pm

If there is one thing that I agree most whole-heartedly with, it is the need to let people speak their…

God and the Rock

29 October 2019 2:07 pm

Religion is a serious business. It used to command our lives and our attention, albeit the latter only weekly. Still,…

Don’t patronise us with ‘your right to know’. Everyone’s right to free speech comes first

25 October 2019 4:50 pm

If you have been following the ‘right to know’ discussion here and elsewhere, you will probably have purchased a newspaper…

Where’s the campaign for our right to free speech and against 18c, not just ‘our right to know’?

22 October 2019 2:58 pm

Just two months, The Spectator published my explanation of the distinction between the right to know and the right to…

How Boris can beat the remoaners (and wipe the smile off Bercow’s face)

21 October 2019 4:43 pm

Brexit is an unholy mess for Boris but if he were to take advice from downstairs, or Down Under, he…

It’s not Churchill you should follow, Boris, but Washington

20 October 2019 1:18 pm

Well, Boris flopped. Last night, the House of Commons was manoeuvred by a Remainer MP to delay consideration of his…

Extinction Rebellion and all the latest rage in cataclysm

18 October 2019 1:45 pm

Hypocrite: One who falsely professes to be virtuously or religiously inclined; one who pretends to be other and better than…

Alexander Downer and his friends in high places

4 October 2019 4:03 pm

It’s always nice to know one has friends in high places. Speaking for the Australian government, our Ambassador to the…

Mueller, Pelosi, impeachment and Trump — and a real Downer

1 October 2019 4:57 pm

There was an article in the American press a few days ago in which the author explained that unity is…

Nous sommes tout les Fredos

29 September 2019 11:40 am

Ou es tu, Fredo? Wo bist du, Fredo?  Where are you hiding? Where does one hide the idiot brother of a…

Brexit: judges might be learned, but they’ve been outwitted by ruthless remoaner pols

25 September 2019 6:23 pm

The decision of the British Supreme Court regarding the Queen’s order to prorogue Parliament contains the following: The 17th century was a…

Boris, Brexit, the courts – and the ghost of Gough Whitlam, laughing

20 September 2019 3:00 pm

There is an interesting debate going on in the British courts which could have lasting ramifications for the practices of…

Abortion euphemisms

30 August 2019 4:14 pm

National Public Radio is the United States equivalent of the ABC, broadcast by the ABC every day of the week.…

Free speech first, then the right to know

21 August 2019 5:00 am

As most Speccie readers would know, I stand unashamedly for free speech; even speech that might offend or insult. Speech…

Je suis Fredo

18 August 2019 1:49 pm

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

The NSW abortion ambush: sacrificing humanity to wokeness

9 August 2019 1:11 pm

There is something slavish in the legislative efforts of the Australian state governments to pander to the demands of selfish…

Will Kristina Keneally join the Hong Kong barricades if the PLA tanks come?

8 August 2019 4:16 pm

If you have been following the news cycle in the USA, you will be aware of the mass shootings that…

It mightn’t be sexy, but manufacturing got us to the moon

21 July 2019 11:47 am

Almost forty years ago, in fact, during the time of the Hawke Labor government, Australia fell for a pea and…

Journalism is not a crime (but we’re more interested showing just how woke we are)

27 June 2019 5:00 am

If, like me, you believe in the fundamental right of free speech, you will also have concerns about how people…

What about John Setka’s freedom of speech?

17 June 2019 4:00 am

If, like me, you think free speech is the bottom line of a free society, and don’t care what is…

The real problem with the Australian economy

14 June 2019 1:56 pm

The unemployment figures came and went yesterday with just the usual passing mention. There is a real problem in Australia,…

A progressive ALP is unelectable

22 May 2019 1:37 pm

There used to be a line in the Lord’s Prayer which went: “But lead us not into temptation; and deliver…

Multiculturalism is the enemy of diversity

9 May 2019 8:04 am

The American motto E pluribus unum (“Out of many, one”) expressed perfectly the founding intent to mould a land of…