Lionel Shriver

Am I alone in not wanting to download the Covid app?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

As I begin, I’m tortured by the doo-do-doo-do of The Twilight Zone’s theme music. I’ve hurtled back in time. Suddenly…

Immigration is Joe Biden’s Achilles heel

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Having indulged an unhealthy interest in human migration for decades, I’ve been intrigued by how the number of illegal immigrants…

The UK’s immigration figures are a fantasy

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Journalists filing to deadline are apt to dig only so deep when googling for statistics, which in themselves are sometimes…

Air travel is in terminal danger

19 June 2021 9:00 am

During the political car crash of 2019, I couldn’t imagine ever agreeing with Theresa May. Yet last week she exhibited…

Give the people what they think they want

5 June 2021 9:00 am

I have a mean streak. Perhaps my cruellest urge is to give people what they claim to want. When political…

The strange theatre of mask-wearing

22 May 2021 9:00 am

However surreal and dystopian the pandemic landscape seemed at first, no enduring vista feels ‘surreal’ and ‘dystopian’ indefinitely. Citizenries uniformly…

The true cost of make-believe money

8 May 2021 9:00 am

I like Bill Maher. He’s a rare practising left-wing comic who’s actually funny. But last week, his routine on cryptocurrency…

The case against reparations for slavery

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Last week, a bill cleared the US House Judiciary Committee that would establish a 13-person commission to consider federal reparations…

Why fear a society that’s tearing itself apart?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

In my teens, rubbishing the implacable edifice of the United States felt like kicking a tank in trainers. Richard Nixon’s…

How to make the facts fit the narrative

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Distracted by vaccine warfare, for once the British haven’t leapt onto America’s latest bandwagon of fake self-excoriation. Following last week’s…

The West has lost its moral high ground

13 March 2021 9:00 am

International travellers running the gauntlet of English airports must already test negative for Covid before the flight, and on return…

Beware the linguistic Trojan horse

27 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s the bane of many an author these days: those newspaper-filler Q&As. One I recently filled out included the question:…

I’m living in a country that won’t let me out

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who’s been through customs Down Under isn’t surprised by the region’s OTT response to Covid. Having been X-rayed before…

For Democrats, the Capitol assault was the gift that keeps on giving

30 January 2021 9:00 am

As events recede, they change. When Donald Trump’s unhinged endgame culminated in a popular assault on the Capitol, most Americans…

From Trumpism to lockdown, people believe in the craziest things

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Following his disgruntled supporters’ rampage through the Capitol, Donald Trump’s fate hangs in the balance. But one artefact of this…

It’s completely rational for girls to want to be boys

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I’ve always been perplexed why anyone lucky enough to be born male would want to swap sexes. But it seems…

No one wins in the race race

12 December 2020 9:00 am

After the explosion of international self-abasement over George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, much theatrical soul-searching ensued. So your basic man…

We need a dose of vaccine realism

28 November 2020 9:00 am

One of my geniuses as both a commentator and a character is to confront what for most normal people amounts…

What the three types of Trump supporter really want

14 November 2020 9:00 am

As Democrats’ colossal collective sigh of relief drives wind turbines even over in Britain, let’s not lose sight of the…

I’m voting to make America boring again

31 October 2020 9:00 am

I just spent £2.50 in postage to bring about one of the last things I want. Specifically, the next-to-last thing…

Covid has killed off our civil liberties

17 October 2020 9:00 am

It started with smoking. The 1960s and 1970s saw little popular objection to legislation restricting advertisements by private companies purveying…

It isn’t always easy to give money away

3 October 2020 9:00 am

I always felt sorry for my father, then president of a chronically strapped educational institution, for having ceaselessly to approach…

The Covid hysteria is getting worse

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Readers may recall a column last month that laid out powerful evidence for the proposition that the ethnic and racial…

The trouble with ‘taking back control’

5 September 2020 9:00 am

I sympathised with Leave voters who yearned to ‘take back control’ of British borders. After all, if being a country…

What really makes people fat

22 August 2020 9:00 am

In the UK’s capital city, where do the fewest obese people live? North London. The most? East London. The weight…