Lionel Shriver

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…

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…