Lionel Shriver

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…

Never has a virus been so oversold

8 August 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing unprecedented about Covid-19 itself. The equally novel, equally infectious Asian flu of 1957 had commensurate fatalities in Britain:…

Open letters have become ransom notes

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In the States, the ‘open letter’ is enjoying quite the formal renaissance. Curiously, recent examples of this newly popular epistolary…

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Open letters have become ransom notes

23 July 2020 3:18 pm

The ‘open letter’ is enjoying quite the formal renaissance. Curiously, recent examples of this newly popular epistolary genre exhibit striking…

We’re making a spectacle of shame

11 July 2020 9:00 am

When I was about ten, on return home from church I ate a peach, the juice of which dribbled down…

Political pandering won’t prevent Covid deaths

27 June 2020 9:00 am

When the media have gone large on the conclusions of an overpoweringly tedious report, one of the biggest favours a…

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Marching against racism is too easy

21 June 2020 12:46 am

When I first saw the footage of George Floyd being asphyxiated by a policeman’s knee on his throat, my reaction…

Marching against racism is too easy

13 June 2020 9:00 am

When I first saw the footage of George Floyd being asphyxiated by a policeman’s knee on his throat, my reaction…

Is living without risk really living at all?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Taking my life in my hands — as we all do when getting out of bed — I walked along…

This is not a natural disaster, but a manmade one

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Should our future permit an occupation so frivolous, historians years from now will make a big mistake if they blame…

If this is a war, let’s fight it like one

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Under the cloud of conformity that has settled over the land as a replacement for air pollution, heretics who doubt…

Real problems erase fake ones

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Last week, a friend quoted a two-year-old email of mine: ‘I’m starting to root for a plague or world war…

The British have bought the lockdown hook, line and sinker

18 April 2020 9:00 am

I am a type. I don’t like groups. I maintain few memberships. I question and resist authority, especially enforcement of…

The longer lockdown continues, the more imperilled we become

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Comically, Chinese Communist party officials have speculated that Covid-19 was planted by the US army. Yet a respectable conspiracy theorist…

Why Hachette were wrong to drop Woody Allen’s memoir

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Even amid plague, economic apocalypse, and the cancellation of 2020, dumb stuff keeps happening. Besides, loads of us will now…

An open letter to the friend who dropped me after Question Time

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I’ve put off sending a private email that’s been ready to go for weeks. Then last Sunday, I read Julie…

Cyclists have become an easy police target

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Most Britons assume at the outset that any misfortune involving a cyclist is the cyclist’s fault. After all, many a…

I won’t read American Dirt – but not because the author has the wrong skin colour

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Readers of The Spectator who keep up with the latest literary hissy fits could have predicted (perhaps with a groan)…

Is ‘Mini Mike’ a growing threat to Trump?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Should Bernie Sanders become the Democratic presidential nominee, expect the media to overuse these sprightly English expressions: ‘between a rock…

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Is ‘Mini Mike’ a growing threat to Trump?

22 January 2020 8:51 pm

Should Bernie Sanders become the Democratic presidential nominee, expect the media to overuse these sprightly English expressions: ‘between a rock…

For cod’s sake, don’t sacrifice the fish

11 January 2020 9:00 am

One of the more dispiriting experiences of the British supermarket is a visit to the fish counter. On a  historically…