James Kirkup

Are sex offenders exploiting trans-rights policies behind bars?

19 January 2022 6:00 pm

A few years ago, there was some controversy about the facts relating to people in prison who identify as transgender,…

The energy crisis is a failure of politics

8 January 2022 2:35 am

Many of the thorniest problems of politics come down to the same thing: timeframes. Big problems generally require solutions that…

J.K. Rowling and the death of nuance

6 January 2022 3:20 am

There are few good things to say about the public conversation around transgender issues, which all too often shows us…

One man's campaign to protect free speech

22 December 2021 7:25 pm

Almost three years ago, I spoke on the phone to a man called Harry Miller. A Lincolnshire businessman, he’d just…

Boris won’t change. Why should he?

18 December 2021 7:00 pm

Boris Johnson is not short of troubles, or advice. Most of that advice, from colleagues and commentators alike, comes down…

The sex work divide in British politics

15 December 2021 5:09 am

They seem like completely unrelated questions: ‘Is sex work real work?, and ‘Who will replace Yvette Cooper as chair of…

Gender is contentious. The BBC is pretending it isn't

8 December 2021 2:10 am

The BBC has produced its annual 100 Women list, a showcase for women who have done interesting, important things. There’s…

The vaccine cheer is gone

19 November 2021 6:55 am

I am 45, which means I’ve now had my third Covid vaccine. The experience of getting that injection crystallises a…

The BBC’s relationship with Stonewall is finally being scrutinised

16 October 2021 6:00 pm

I have often criticised BBC journalism on the issues of sex and gender because that journalism has often been quite…

Boris should keep copying Blair

8 September 2021 10:05 pm

Having written here at least once before that Boris Johnson is the heir to Blair, my first thought on the Prime…

The shameful evacuation of pets from Afghanistan

29 August 2021 1:56 pm

Two stories on the Afghan evacuation today combine to leave me full of bewildered rage. The first, from the Times:…

Where is our anger about Afghanistan?

14 August 2021 10:46 am

This is an age of anger. Social media amplifies rage and exaggerates polarisation. Twitter isn’t Britain, but too many people…

In defence of net zero: yes, we can afford it

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Ending emissions will cost less than tackling Covid

Has David Cameron any shame?

10 August 2021 4:42 am

$10million, or £7million. That’s what David Cameron is now reported to have made from Greensill Capital, the company he helped…

Is it fair for Laurel Hubbard to compete against women?

2 August 2021 4:33 pm

Today, the conversation about transgender rights and the interests of women turns to sport. At the Olympic Games, Laurel Hubbard…

The truth about Nick Gibb, history and ‘dead white men’

22 July 2021 3:30 pm

In 1983, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a great American sociologist and politician, wrote: ‘Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but…

The court judgement that confirms women pay for trans rights

3 July 2021 7:59 am

I am coming out of semi-retirement from writing about sex and gender to write this, because it’s about women in…

Cummings's messages aren’t a ‘bombshell’ revelation

16 June 2021 9:35 pm

On days like this, I despair of the media-political village where I’ve spent most of my adult life. Because that…

British MPs are finally engaging with the gender identity debate

18 May 2021 9:02 pm

I used to write a lot about sex and gender here. I don’t do so quite as much these days…

The shamelessness of David Cameron

14 May 2021 4:28 pm

I’m almost starting to admire David Cameron. Almost. There is something that borders on the impressive about the former prime…

Will Rishi Sunak fund Boris’s skills promises to the red wall?

11 May 2021 11:58 pm

Queen’s Speech day is one of the set-pieces when the government gets to decide that morning’s headlines. Barring disaster, the…

Why the Hartlepool election result doesn’t really matter

6 May 2021 4:00 pm

Ah, Hartlepool. The by-election there brings back memories: I am old enough to have reported on the last one, back…

In praise of David Lammy, a true Englishman

30 March 2021 3:02 am

David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, has been doing his LBC radio phone-in show. If you believe LBC, he has…

The delightful humiliation of David Cameron

26 March 2021 8:44 pm

Say what you like about David Cameron, the man never stops trying to exceed expectations. I once thought that he’d…

Tavistock gender clinic whistleblowers have been vindicated

21 January 2021 2:50 am

The Care Quality Commission has released its reports on the gender identity services offered by the Tavistock and Portman NHS…