David Long

Settling the science

27 February 2020 5:00 am

So, if the news early last week was that Anthony Albanese refused to back future coal developments, it seems that…

We should be ashamed of domestic violence – and the cheapening of life and love

24 February 2020 12:56 pm

A horrific crime was committed in Brisbane last week when a man incinerated his wife and three children before stabbing…

Don’t say our pollies are wising up to the benefits of small scale nuclear energy?

14 February 2020 5:00 am

There is probably only one thing that makes conservatives happier than seeing the lunatic Green left meltdown over climate change,…

Don’t focus on the focus groups

5 February 2020 5:00 am

There is a way to win elections that has nothing to do with performance. I am reminded of this when…

Palestinian leaders prefer to keep their people suffering to peace. Again

3 February 2020 7:45 pm

So, the Arab League has rejected the latest United States Middle East Peace Plan. So, what’s new, I hear you…

PVO and the great republican two-step stumble

17 January 2020 3:32 pm

While Australia’s constitution was finally approved — ratified — by the Australian colonial people in 1900, the process of choosing…

Sussexit? So what? We’re governed by the people and the parliament, not celebrities

9 January 2020 11:00 am

When Aristotle wrote his treatise on politics, he explained in some detail his most practical regime, the one that was…

Putting the Christ back into politics: a Christmas message for the PM

17 December 2019 12:00 pm

Dear Prime Minister I trust you will not take offence at my presuming to give you advice, particularly since your…

Christian Porter: no more free speech, thank you very much

22 November 2019 5:00 am

Despite all the arguments made and support garnered for a constitutional amendment that would guarantee our freedom of speech and…

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…