James Allan

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. …

May finally exits, stage left

1 June 2019 9:00 am

I have been on sabbatical now, living in London, since the beginning of this year. During that whole time I…

Australian notes

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Eleven random thoughts Let me start with a bow to those who thought it best to vote for Malcolm Turnbull…

Election eve thoughts on the least worst of the least worst

17 May 2019 2:00 am

High Commissioner to London George Brandis brings the election day charity sausage sizzle to the largest polling booth of them…

Were the Del-Cons wrong?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Well, the election is almost here.  In a little over a week we’ll know if Scott Morrison has pulled off…

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…