James Allan

Here’s the recipe for success

19 January 2019 9:00 am

After a family Christmas in Canada my wife and I are now in London for half a year. It’s been…

Australian notes

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Students lacking the basics I am a law professor at the University of Queensland, a G8 university and one of…

Sleight of hand of the ‘moderates’

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Ever heard of the wonderful American magician team of Penn & Teller? My son and I saw them in Vegas…

The waffly centre won’t hold

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I am writing this the morning after the Liberal party’s election fiasco in Victoria. And yet again we have more…

Conservative notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Why don’t the Libs fight to win? Imagine that in getting your public affairs news you were restricted to the…

And then there was one…

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Exit, stage right, Ross Cameron.   Sky TV has fired its second Outsiders host. This time the charge was racism and…

Morrison in the middle

3 November 2018 9:00 am

So here’s a big picture question for all of you readers who see yourselves as generally being right-of-centre voters. What…

Can ScoMo escape Turnbull’s shadow?

26 October 2018 8:51 am

Questions of causation are notoriously tricky as well as being highly susceptible to confirmation bias – in this context that…

Injun Liz Warren and echoes of Bolt

17 October 2018 10:19 am

If you’ve been following American politics in the last few days you’ll have read about Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren’s confrontation…

The Left vs Reasonable Doubt

13 October 2018 9:00 am

At the risk of propelling readers to throw down this wonderful magazine in despair and shift to watching the latest…

Kiwi notes

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The adoration of Ms Ardern I am just back from a week in New Zealand where my family and I…

Trump’s toughness

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Let’s talk quotas, ignoring social media morons and Trump’s toughness. The first topic has to do with all those laments…

Conservative notes

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The Right is cleaving Take a look at right-of-centre political parties in the Anglosphere. In Canada things are bad, very…

It was 10 years ago today…

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I have been a regular to semi-regular writer for The Spectator Australia pretty much from the start and for all…

Del-Con Notes

1 September 2018 9:00 am

I am outraged to learn you’ve cheated on me, absolutely outraged’, says the husband to his wife. Only the man…

Reef notes

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In for a penny, in for half a billion bucks Okay, here’s an observation that ought to disturb you. Former…

The end of the beginning

21 August 2018 1:55 pm

So Malcolm Turnbull finally made a tactically wise move and vacated the leadership to bring on the Peter Dutton challenge…

Young or old, too many Liberal backbenchers won’t stand for principle

19 August 2018 3:51 pm

I knew things were bad with the federal Liberal Party but I didn’t know things were this bad.   You see…

Dear Jymbo

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Dear Jymbo, I am a sad and disgruntled Liberal party member of parliament in Canberra. I thought I was being…

Having a list

4 August 2018 9:00 am

For the past week I’ve been in my native Canada, aka the epicentre of TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome. In…

How’s that dissing the del-cons going?

30 July 2018 8:07 am

So we’re now well into year three of the Team Turnbull Labor Lite experiment as Malcolm Turnbull – a big…

May day for Brexit

14 July 2018 9:00 am

I confess to being incredibly naive. After the 23 June 2016 Brexit referendum when 1.7 million more Britons voted for…

Fake news and appointing judges

8 July 2018 4:59 pm

I have made a point of reading dozens and dozens of different mainstream media accounts of the recent retirement of…

Canadian notes

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The size of the dog in the fight Can you imagine running on a party platform or manifesto with the…

Our universities and more…

9 June 2018 10:11 am

I suspect a fair few readers are pretty incredulous about the whole Peter Ridd saga at James Cook University. Ridd…