Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray is Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society and an author, most recently of Bloody Sunday: Truth, lies and the Saville Inquiry.

In this strange new world, where do we find purpose?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Perhaps we are at least past the beginning of this crisis. The phase where the hunt for multipacks of loo-rolls…

The Guardian's trans rights civil war rumbles on

21 March 2020 4:55 pm

At times of great stress it is necessary to find your enjoyments where you can. And as I mentioned in…

Will the NHS drop its trans obsession when peak coronavirus hits?

15 March 2020 12:08 am

As coronavirus sweeps across the country, I am sure people will be reassured to know that the NHS is doing…

Don’t tell me what I can read

14 March 2020 9:00 am

At least none of us will have to pretend that we read Woody Allen’s memoirs. This week the publishers Hachette…

How Sinn Fein got away with murder

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The online world should be credited when it gets something right. And on Twitter an account titled ‘On This Day…

How low can the BBC go?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Last weekend’s papers claimed that the government desires a ‘massively pruned back’ BBC. Former Conservative cabinet minister Damian Green and…

Why I’ll never become an MP

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Every now and then someone asks me if I have ever thought of becoming an MP. My response tends to…

Conservative politician forced to apologise for attending conservative conference

14 February 2020 9:28 am

Every now and then someone asks me if I have ever thought of becoming a politician. My response tends to…

Why I’m standing by my old enemy Selina Todd

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Most people won’t have heard of Selina Todd. The only reason I had was because some years ago the BBC…

How to fight back against ‘cancel culture’

25 January 2020 6:30 pm

‘Cancel culture’ is a horrible term because outside of a dictatorship nobody can actually be ‘canceled’ or otherwise ‘disappeared’. All…

Roger Scruton: A man who seemed bigger than the age

13 January 2020 6:32 am

Sir Roger Scruton has died. Diagnosed with cancer last summer, he passed away peacefully on Sunday surrounded by his family.…

‘I aspire to write for posterity’: An interview with Tom Stoppard

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Sir Tom Stoppard is Britain’s — perhaps the world’s — leading playwright. Born Tomas Straussler in Zlin, Czechoslovakia, in 1937,…

The failed lessons of the London Bridge attack

3 December 2019 3:06 am

Some readers have been asking me to comment on the latest London Bridge terrorism incident. And if I have some…

The carnage inside Charlie Hebdo: an eyewitness’s account of the attack

23 November 2019 9:00 am

It is almost five years since two trained jihadists went into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris and killed…

debate

Who’s listening? Civilized debate is dead

5 November 2019 4:59 am

This article is in The Spectator’s November 2019 US edition. Subscribe here. Today nearly all real public discussion has become impossible. Which…

A couple stage a ‘kiss-in’ in front of a Chick-fil-A in Hollywood in protest at the fast-food chain’s opposition to same-sex marriage [Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images]

Don’t be such a chicken about Chick-fil-A

26 October 2019 9:00 am

While never having felt any previous urge to dine in Reading, I now find myself trying to secure a table…

On black privilege

15 October 2019 11:28 pm

Discussions of ‘privilege’ have become one of the themes of this age. In a short space of time, the obsession…

The death of civilised debate

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Today nearly all real public discussion has become impossible. Which is why nearly all public thinking has become impossible. Which…

An uncanny gift for prophecy — the genius of Michel Houellebecq

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The backdrop of Michel Houellebecq’s novel is by now well established. In this — his eighth — the bleak, essentially…

Who’ll be the next jihadi-jackpot winner?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Reading the news this week of Jihadi Jack (née Letts, of Oxfordshire) having his UK passport withdrawn, my mind went…

Right from wrong: a guide to the new European politics

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Italy is preparing to go back to the polls and this time Matteo Salvini looks set to return as the…

Does Kim Jong-un deliberately emulate a Bond villain?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

North Korea watchers are good book-buyers, rarely able to resist scratching that itch of interest caused by the world’s worst…

No type of Brexit is worse than no Brexit at all

1 August 2019 3:09 am

It’s a strange beast, the internet. On Monday night, I was slightly reluctantly dragged onto Newsnight to discuss Brexit. Attentive…

Society cannot be run by Twitter mobs

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Two considerable injustices were undone this week. The first was the reinstatement of Sir Roger Scruton to the government’s ‘Building…

Roger Scruton gets his job back

23 July 2019 7:22 pm

Roger Scruton has been reappointed as head of a government housing body after he was sacked in April following a magazine interview…