Jenny McCartney

Tech gurus don’t let their kids have smartphones. Here’s why

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Pupils are back in classrooms and parents can finally have a brief respite from worrying about their children’s excessive screen…

Why Britain is lucky to have Meghan Markle

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The wedding of Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and Meghan Markle, actress and former star of…

Me! Me! #MeToo! How Hollywood hijacked feminism

3 March 2018 9:00 am

This is the Time’s Up Oscars, the first one where the #MeToo movement is a major player, and no one…

The #MeToo fury has spilled over into a feminist war

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The #MeToo movement began, I thought, primarily to allow women to speak out about harassment from men, which they had…

Civilised air travel? Pigs might fly

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Does anyone actually enjoy flying any more? I know I don’t. I realised recently, while anxiously repacking my tiny carry-on…

Online feedback frenzy is killing the art of complaint

26 March 2016 9:00 am

I used to enjoy ‘giving feedback’ in the glory years when nobody wanted it. Now, upon completing a routine transaction,…

The smelly, snobbish death of the English public toilet

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I blame Nancy Mitford: she made the English so frightened of saying ‘toilet’ that now they have hardly any left…

What stops women from having it all

30 January 2016 9:00 am

You can’t accuse the redoubtable Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation think tank, of giving up…

Domhnall Gleeson as Jim Farrell and Saoirse Ronan as Eilis in ‘Brooklyn’

Colm Toibin on priests, loss and the half-said thing

24 October 2015 9:00 am

‘No matter what I’m writing,’ says Colm Tóibín, ‘someone ends up getting abandoned. Or someone goes. No matter what I’m…

The new sexual revolution

17 October 2015 9:00 am

The first thing you need to know about the new sexual revolution isn’t how to do it: it’s how to…

‘Early Morning at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India’, 1989, by Don McCullin

Don McCullin interview: ‘I take more than I bring. That’s not a role I’m proud of’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

The thing that the photojournalist Don McCullin likes best of all now, he tells me, is to stand on Hadrian’s…

The troubled ex-informers neglected by MI5

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When a terrorist group is active in the UK — as Islamist extremists and dissident republicans are at the moment…

The DUP’s Nigel Dodds may soon be propping up the Tories. What does he want?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Nigel Dodds, the Democratic Unionist Party leader at Westminster, is reflecting drolly on his party’s recent popularity: ‘I certainly think…

Belle Gibson and the pernicious cult of ‘wellness’

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Belle Gibson was a publicist’s dream: a ‘wellness guru’ and young mother with a wholesome blonde beauty, a wide white…

The Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling: a conversation with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I’m standing with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC in a narrow room at his Pump Court chambers, examining an oil painting…

The agony of dying gadgets

29 November 2014 9:00 am

It’s hard, being a technophobe today. The condition is defined as ‘a fear, dislike or avoidance of new technology’, which…

Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I think I’ve finally worked out the time-honoured Jonathan Powell formula for promoting a new book: take which-ever group constitutes…

So, Ken Livingstone, do you like Boris personally? 'No'

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I am standing outside Ken Livingstone’s family home in a pleasant row of terraces in the multi-ethnic, north-west London suburb…

The terminal confusion of Dignity in Dying

5 July 2014 9:00 am

If you were around in the days when the US series M*A*S*H was a regular feature on British television, its…

Malcolm Gladwell is wrong about the Irish

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Malcolm Gladwell, the curly-haired, counter-intuitive guru of modern thought who wrote The Tipping Point and Blink, certainly has a readable…

Seamus Heaney's poems are for Protestants too

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The one and only time I met Seamus Heaney, in 2007, he was making tea in the kitchen of his…