James Allan

Rocket science

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The news has finally reached us over here in London. Australia is going to have an election. The choice will…

Political notes

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Trudeau & the Virtuecrats It is too depressing to say anything much about the UK and Brexit.   Well over half…

Judge dread

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Let me talk about an example of an undemocratic trend from my home state of Queensland. A fortnight ago the…

Kiwi notes

2 March 2019 9:00 am

What ScoMo should have said to Jacinda ‘Thank you Prime Minister Ardern for those blunt comments just now in which…

Morrison, Dutton and the Coalition

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Over here in London, politics is boiling down to a battle between perfidity (of Theresa May, her Remainer-stacked Cabinet and…

Sports notes

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Tennis as progressive ideology As I have made clear once or twice already in the pages of this august magazine,…

Lefty francophiles

26 January 2019 9:00 am

What is it about left-leaning elites (so the significant preponderance of today’s ‘elite’ class) and France? It’s hard not to…

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…