James Allan

Australian notes

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Everybody loves borders now What do Justin Trudeau, Jacinda Ardern, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the crazier fringe of the Greens party (here…

Three random thoughts: universities, free speech and coronavirus

19 March 2020 1:23 pm

We certainly have a problem in our universities and it’s not one that will be spotted by interviewing vice-chancellors. Last…

Can the Libs move just a smidgen to the right, please?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The Coalition’s appointments are woeful

The charge of the Recognition brigade

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The Voice is toxic

High Court of Wokeness

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

How on earth did the Coalition allow this travesty to happen?

Go slow ScoMo

15 February 2020 9:00 am

What has this government actually achieved?

We all need a Nigel or two

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Australia’s lacklustre politicians could take a leaf from the hero of Brexit

Three and a half years is a long time in politics

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Conservatism is looking pretty good

You say ‘diversity’. I hear quotas

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Ever wonder where all this talk of ‘diversity’ started? Well, it actually dates back some four decades to a 1978…

Trump, impeachment and the media

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Many of us living in the Westminster parliamentary part of the democratic world don’t have much grasp of what the…

Frydenberg’s fantasy federalism

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Josh Frydenberg, the Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, last week wrote an opinion piece in…

Allan, James Allan

16 November 2019 9:00 am

I have to confess that I’m a little bit insulted that no one in the totally impartial and apolitical Commonwealth…

North American notes

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Al Jolson vs the vulgarian pugilist First to Canada. The election produced a minority government win for the incumbent Al…

Insiders won’t go down without a fight

26 October 2019 9:00 am

    The European Union has a habit of working with the establishment figures in countries to topple governments that…

Turmoil in the Anglosphere

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Well, there’s certainly a fair bit of action coming out of Canada, Britain and the US these days.  In my…

Intolerant notes

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Forcing people to fake respect for your choices is dangerous Pretty much everyone these days sees himself or herself as…

Not the Right appointment

14 September 2019 9:00 am

From President Eisenhower’s time in office to the end of President Obama’s, there were 27 vacancies on the Supreme Court…

Reasonable doubt about Pell

31 August 2019 9:00 am

I want to remind readers of the Speccie of a key premise – really it is a trade-off that we…

Put a sock in it, Kel

24 August 2019 9:00 am

My gosh these are delicate times Down Under. Not for Australians the vigorous thrust and parry of political debate with…

Canadian notes

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I’m a virtue-signaller and I’m OK We have left Britain behind on this year-long sabbatical and are now in my…

Lefty lawyers, Part 2

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Last week I noted that the lawyers of today, as a class, are a lot more left-leaning and politically correct…

Lawyers and law schools

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Among a certain, shall we say more mature, segment of the population there is a lingering sense that lawyers as…

Cane toads squashed by the bedwetters

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I finally sat down and had a look at the new Scott Morrison cabinet. Wow! If you imagine a spectrum…

Boris or oblivion

15 June 2019 9:00 am

They recently released a poll over here in Britain. Only women were polled and they were asked ‘Would you sleep…

The Donald next door

8 June 2019 9:00 am

From tomorrow, and for a few days thereafter, my wife and I will have a new neighbour here in London. …