Julie Burchill

The parasitic poisonousness of Omid Scobie

2 December 2023 5:30 pm

I don’t remember exactly when I first read about the ancient courtier role of Groom of the Stool, but it’s…

Britney Spears is back with a vengeance

2 December 2023 9:00 am

After years of abuse and being reduced to the status of child-robot, the singer is back on track with soaring album sales and a smash-hit memoir

Ed Sheeran’s time is up

25 November 2023 11:00 am

Who’s the worst pop star of modern times? Some might say that Adele sounds like a moose with PMT –…

In defence of ‘nuisance’ buskers

11 November 2023 6:00 pm

I’ve always been partial to buskers. I’m sympathetic to beggars of most kinds – except the aggressive rotters, of which…

The cultural appropriation of the keffiyeh

4 November 2023 6:00 pm

I’ve never been sorry that I left education at 17, armed with nothing but my raw talent and splendid rack.…

Sam Smith, can you put your clothes on?

1 November 2023 2:34 am

Undressing. Getting one’s kit off, whether for the gentlemen or the ladies, depending on one’s bent. Disrobing, divesting, denuding. Slipping…

Dave Courtney and the grotty reality of true crime

26 October 2023 1:16 am

The death of the gangster Dave Courtney – found in his bed with a gunshot wound at the age of…

Why the kids hate Jews

22 October 2023 6:11 pm

The surest way to work up a crusade in favour of some good cause is to promise people they will…

The many, many faces of Keir Starmer

10 October 2023 7:09 pm

Is nomenclature destiny? If Keir Starmer had not been named for Keir Hardie, the founding father of the Labour party,…

Helen Mirren is perfect to play Golda Meir

8 October 2023 6:00 pm

The word ‘actress’ used to be interchangeable with ‘prostitute’ and though it’s a good thing that this little misunderstanding was…

What went wrong with Billy Bragg?

2 October 2023 5:00 pm

An online ding-dong is like a full complement of condiments at lunch; you wouldn’t want to live off it, but…

Britain is now a nation of shoplifters

16 September 2023 9:00 am

Shoplifting is out of control

Why musicians can’t stand politicians liking their songs

31 August 2023 5:05 pm

I was amused to hear that Eminem has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy –…

It’s time to end the rewilding menace

19 August 2023 10:00 am

There’s a ghastly predictability to the news that the University of Sussex – in Brighton, naturally – wants to set aside nearly half…

Do the police think ‘lesbian’ is a term of abuse?

14 August 2023 10:43 pm

Reading that a 16-year-old autistic girl had been dragged from her home by seven cops after reportedly saying a female…

Brighton rock bottom: How the Greens nearly destroyed the city I love

12 August 2023 10:00 am

When you’re short-sighted, everyone seems attractive; for this reason, I don’t often wear my glasses, as I think myopia has…

Lizzo and the problem with Fat Activism

3 August 2023 3:44 am

Remember when we all loved Lizzo? In 2019 ‘Juice’ (the last great party anthem BP – Before Pandemic) was a…

The sinister truth about the war on cars

1 August 2023 9:23 pm

When I was a girl in the 1970s, we didn’t have a car. We always took the train from our…

Who killed comedy?

29 July 2023 4:00 pm

Wading into the Sadiq Khan #HaveAWord brouhaha, Laurence Fox had a pop at Khan’s ally Romesh Ranganathan thus: ‘You are…

The cruelty of a trans beauty queen

13 July 2023 6:24 pm

BeKind is one of the Great Icks – to use the vivid word so beloved of Love Islanders – of…

Gary Lineker and Andy Murray

Andy Murray and the unstoppable rise of the sporting bores

6 July 2023 12:07 am

When I was a girl, sportsmen were amiable dolts. If they were old-school, they liked blokes and beer; if switched-on,…

The Transmaid’s Tale

1 July 2023 5:00 pm

It’s generally agreed that sex-selection is a Bad Thing. In India and China, sons are favoured over daughters – but…

Solid, drab grey

1 July 2023 9:00 am

Count Maxim pursues his former cleaner Alessia to Albania – but sex in badly plumbed bathrooms while senseless on raki doesn’t sound that thrilling

It’s becoming ever clearer that climate change is a class issue

21 June 2023 11:38 pm

It’s not news that we live in a New Medieval age of Magical Thinking, when the Enlightenment is seen as…

The stupidity of the Oscars’ diversity quotas

20 June 2023 9:35 pm

Is anyone actually watching the Oscars anymore? Until ‘The Incident’ between Messrs Smith and Rock last year the direction of…