James Allan

Australian Notes

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Well, that was another depressingly terrible week for free speech in this country as political correctness and identity politics stayed…

Conservative notes

1 April 2017 9:00 am

O’Sullivan’s Law & the Ramsay Centre John O’Sullivan is a British journalist, one time editor of the US’s National Review,…

Del-con notes

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Terry, you’re wrong… My esteemed fellow Speccie contributor Terry Barnes last week offered some advice to the federal Coalition based…

There is no alternative?

6 March 2017 7:34 pm

How many readers believe that any political party in the democratic world can continue to win every single election for…

Australian notes

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Tim wilson is wrong In this past Saturday’s Inquirer page, Liberal MP Tim Wilson – former Commissioner in the Australian…

Thinking further about your departure, Cory…

22 February 2017 12:21 pm

What’s done is done and can n’er be undone.  You’ve left the Liberal Party behind and barring a Black Swan set of circumstances…

Fatuous fallacies

17 February 2017 7:33 am

I confess that my expectations when it comes to Liberal Party MPs are pretty low these days.   Many of them are quite content with…

Brief candle

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of PM…

The 16 per cent non-solution

8 February 2017 7:03 am

As you read this it will have been half a year since Mr Turnbull and the Coalition limped back into…

Vulgarian? Populist? Brawler?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The inauguration is over and we now have the most unlikely of US presidents. A complete outsider to politics and…

John Key’s score card

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Just how good a Prime Minister was New Zealand’s recently retired John Key? I ask the question as a right-of-centre,…

Australian notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm the Fission Fiasco I don’t agree with all those many right-of-centre commentators who think the current Prime Minister, Mr…

When did aristocracy come back into vogue?

9 December 2016 7:13 am

Listen these days to some of the world’s elite politicians, commentators and officials pontificate and you’d think you were living…

Trump, Turnbull & Abbott

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Let’s say you’ve recently been hired to earn a living as an opinion piece writer for a newspaper. Let’s really…

When bias is patently clear

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Here is journalist Rex Murphy of Canada’s National Post calling out the patent bias of so many journalists and opinion…

Cartoons are forever

12 November 2016 9:00 am

From the outside few observers would have guessed that this is where so many of their taxpayers’ dollars had been…

Conservative notes

5 November 2016 9:00 am

And they wonder why their supporters are deserting them… The whole 18C hate-speech saga is now verging on the pathetic.…

Conservative Notes

29 October 2016 9:00 am

You’d be hard pressed to be overly optimistic about the state of conservative politics in the developed English-speaking world right…

Provincial notes

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull was right. Let the states tax us Go and teach a constitutional law course in my native Canada and…

Australian notes

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Brexit, abbott, latham and team turnbull I just learned a fascinating fact. Apparently the voters in Britain actually voted to…

Hypocrisy and free speech in sports

10 September 2016 9:00 am

For those of you who don’t follow US sports, let me tell you that there is currently a big brouhaha…

Time to sign up for free speech

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The sorry state of free speech in this country appears to concern a lot of people in this country. The…

Australian notes

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull’s betrayal on 18c Okay, let’s stop pretending that the Liberal Party has a deep commitment to free speech. We’re…

Those upper house blues

19 August 2016 7:28 am

Here’s a question for all you readers.  Of course I don’t expect anyone who’s gone through an Australian high school…

Why go into politics?

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The state of politics here, and in the United Kingdom, and in the United States, raises the question of why…