James Kirkup

Corbynomics won’t help the poor

7 December 2019 1:20 am

Here’s a curiosity of the 2019 general election: given that both the big parties agree that austerity is over and…

The document that reveals the remarkable tactics of trans lobbyists

3 December 2019 1:14 am

A great deal of the transgender debate is unexplained. One of the most mystifying aspects is the speed and success…

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Hillary Clinton is right to question transgender orthodoxy

13 November 2019 2:56 am

Hillary Clinton’s BBC interview in London is making headlines mainly about Russia, but students of the debate about transgender rights…

The hole at the heart of Tory economics

3 November 2019 7:42 pm

Whatever else is true of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, they have communicated a fairly clear idea of what they…

Ignore the spin. Boris surrendered to the Surrender Act

21 October 2019 12:41 am

What happened in Brexit this weekend? Here is the story in one sentence. Boris Johnson asked the EU to extend…

Meet the top cop who wants to police your pronouns

17 October 2019 5:12 am

What is the purpose of the police? Maybe your answer has something to do with “preventing crime” or “arresting criminals”.…

If Boris does a Brexit deal, it will be because of the ‘Surrender Act’

13 October 2019 10:04 pm

Will he strike a deal with the EU allowing Britain to leave this month? Will he compromise on the Irish…

Can Boris Johnson survive if he breaks his Brexit promise?

8 October 2019 2:26 am

It gives me no pleasure to report this of my former Daily Telegraph colleague, but some people who know Boris…

Brexiteers should cheer the Supreme Court

25 September 2019 12:56 am

Ignore, with great respect, the people telling you today that the justices of the Supreme Court have waded into politics,…

Can you imagine a lobbyist against women’s rights being made a peer?

12 September 2019 8:59 pm

This is a thought-experiment. Imagine the following scenario: A Conservative Prime Minister is dishing out peerages. Among the people given…

It’s time David Cameron returned to fix his Brexit mess

13 August 2019 5:29 pm

In private moments of exasperation with rebellious Tory MPs, prime minister David Cameron used to complain that “too many of…

Some women have penises. If you won’t sleep with them you’re transphobic

2 July 2019 10:54 pm

I’m bored with writing about politicians and Brexit so this is an article about genitals instead. Feel free to make…

Can Brexiteers trust Boris Johnson to deliver a ‘real’ Brexit?

21 May 2019 11:54 pm

The current Westminster consensus that Boris Johnson is the next Tory leader and prime minister raises all sorts of thoughts.…

Theresa May’s successor should be careful what they wish for

17 May 2019 4:34 am

Let’s assume this really is the start of the last act of Theresa May’s premiership. Let’s assume too that her…

It is now ‘transphobic’ to report doctors’ fears about trans’ children’s health

9 April 2019 12:42 am

The Times today reports serious concerns about the functioning of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock &…

Trans rights have gone wrong

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Your 13-year-old daughter tells a teacher that’s she’s uncomfortable with her body. She prefers trousers to skirts, football to ballet.…