Melanie McDonagh

Melanie McDonagh is a leaderwriter for the Evening Standard and Spectator contributor. Irish, living in London.

A mess: British Museum's Feminine Power – the Divine to the Demonic reviewed

4 June 2022 9:00 am

The point at which the heart sinks in this exhibition is, unfortunately, right at the outset. That’s where we meet…

Is Nancy Pelosi's communion ban unfair?

27 May 2022 5:00 pm

The Eucharist has, to use the current jargon, been weaponised in the standoff between Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US…

Enjoyably plummy and male: Battleground – The Falklands War podcast reviewed

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Battlegroundpodcast on the wars of the 20th century, said presenter Saul David happily, ‘will have lots of bombs and…

Roe v. Wade and Britain’s non-existent abortion debate

4 May 2022 12:13 am

Judge Samuel Alito was incontrovertibly right about one thing in his leaked, draft ruling on Roe v. Wade: ‘Abortion presents…

Justin Welby is wrong about Rwanda

18 April 2022 12:31 am

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter sermon was quite something; forcefully delivered, arrestingly put. At the heart of it was his…

How Mother’s Day became big business

26 March 2022 9:00 am

As ever, the Romans got there first. Their version of Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day was the feast of Juno…

What Madeleine Albright got right – and wrong – on Kosovo

26 March 2022 3:43 am

Unsurprisingly, it’s Kosovo where Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, is remembered with particular gratitude: today there’s an official…

The foie gras and fur ban was never really about animal suffering

20 February 2022 12:43 am

Well, too bad Carrie and Zac. It looks like the government is going to drop its commitment to banning imports…

We could learn a thing or two from Swiss democracy

14 February 2022 11:55 pm

There was another referendum in Switzerland over the weekend. This one was about protecting the young from the evils of…

The Pope is right: it is selfish to choose pets over children

8 January 2022 7:00 pm

Well, we’ve been terrifically amused and amusing at the expense of Pope Francis, who this week declared at a Vatican…

The churches must stay open

26 December 2021 6:00 pm

Hooray for Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who used the one day of the year when his pronouncements are amplified by the…

Children’s books for all ages: the best of 2021

11 December 2021 9:00 am

She’s done it again: J.K. Rowling has written a captivating children’s book. The Christmas Pig(Little Brown, £20) is about a…

What the BBC show trial of Michael Vaughan tells us

29 November 2021 7:37 am

After dropping Michael Vaughan in punishment for what he said (or might not have said) many years ago, the BBC…

How the pumpkin hijacked Halloween

30 October 2021 9:00 am

You see them everywhere in vast orange mounds: pumpkins, piles of pumpkins, large enough to be turned into a coach…

Why is it so hard to live without a mobile phone?

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Why is it so hard to live without a mobile phone?

It’s time for James Bond to die

30 September 2021 9:09 am

I saw the new James Bond last night, but after reading today’s reviews I’m not sure I watched the same…

Why incels aren’t terrorists

15 August 2021 10:03 am

Sometimes, a nutter is just a nutter, even when he’s a homicidal nutter. In the case of Jake Davison, the…

The futility of Meghan's mentoring scheme

6 August 2021 8:00 am

What, do you reckon you’d get from Princess Eugenie in 40 minutes, always supposing you were a woman trying to…

Cake expectations: afternoon tea has gone OTT

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Afternoon tea has gone OTT

The hypocrisy of Matt Hancock

25 June 2021 7:28 pm

Matt Hancock has not, we can agree, made it his business to lighten the public mood during the pandemic. That…

Boris, Carrie and the politics of weddings

31 May 2021 4:07 am

Well! The PM’s nuptials have taken everyone unawares. And it’s hard not to feel that a small and informal wedding…

What is the point of Meghan Markle’s new children’s book?

5 May 2021 4:00 pm

Meghan Markle has written a book for children. Of course she has. There is no celeb, no matter how busy,…

Prince Philip epitomised a very British stoicism

9 April 2021 10:31 pm

So, Prince Philip has died, at home in Windsor Castle, thank goodness, and the Queen could be near him at…

‘Everyone’s Invited’ shows that nobody’s safe

27 March 2021 9:00 am

For teenagers, the battle of the sexes has never been so complicated

Why Pontins thinks I’m an ‘undesirable guest’

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Why Pontins thinks I’m an ‘undesirable guest’