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.

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Reading the news this week of Jihadi Jack (née Letts, of Oxfordshire) having his UK passport withdrawn, my mind went…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

Is Boris wrong to claim Islam set the Muslim world back?

19 July 2019 2:17 am

I do love the Guardian. As the years go by almost no publication continues to give me such constant amusement.…

Billy Connolly and the death of free speech

6 July 2019 2:00 am

I hope readers will forgive me for returning to a subject I addressed here recently. It was a reflection on the…

The confusing modern rules of telling a ‘joke’

24 June 2019 11:40 pm

The pace of outrage is such these days that before anybody has thought through any one outrage we are all…

Why this year’s al-Quds Day march could be different

1 June 2019 10:18 pm

This weekend might provide an interesting spectacle. On Sunday the annual al-Quds Day march sets off in London from outside…

The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes a scandal is not just a scandal, but a biopsy of a society. So it is with the assault…

Matteo Salvini takes a selfie with five children who helped to save their classmates during the 20 March Milan bus attack

Matteo Salvini: the man reinventing populist politics

6 April 2019 9:00 am

While Britain continues to try to struggle its way out of the EU, perhaps it is wise to consider what…

‘The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew’, 1807

Is now a good time to talk about Jews and money?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Is now a good time to talk about Jews and money? The Jewish Museum in London thinks so, and perhaps…

Douglas Murray: will we have a country left after Brexit?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It isn’t easy getting around the Gulf these days. The blockade on Qatar means no direct flights from most of…

Confrontation between a soldier and an IRA suspect, 30 January 1972

The case for prosecuting Bloody Sunday ‘Soldier F’

16 March 2019 9:00 am

It is more than 15 years since the Bloody Sunday soldiers last appeared in public. For months I sat in…

The memorial on Lewis marking the Iolaire tragedy

The Iolaire was packed with island men who could have sailed her home with ease

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The centenaries of the Great War came to a close in November with commemorations of the 1918 Armistice. But one…

Angela Merkel is on her way out – and so is her vision for the EU

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Whatever anyone’s views on the enterprise, there was one question always begging to be asked of the European Union: ‘What…

Douglas Murray: I can’t think of a time when more people have lost their minds

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Whenever I visit a country I try to pitch high and meet the president or prime minister. In Australia this…

Europe has a democracy problem

2 June 2018 9:00 am

This week the EU revealed its true nature. Rather than hand power to a Eurosceptic, the Italian President Sergio Mattarella…

The perils of speaking in public

12 May 2018 9:00 am

I spend my life moving. Over recent years it was research. Now it’s caused by that research. But I have…