Melanie McDonagh

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

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’

Harry and Meghan’s incendiary accusations

8 March 2021 9:18 pm

Well! On the bright side, Oprah Winfrey got her money’s worth. Also on the bright side, Prince Harry is sixth…

Meghan, Harry and the trouble with Oprah's 'truth'

4 March 2021 11:38 pm

Obviously, I can’t wait for the Meghan and Harry audience with Oprah Winfrey. Alas, it’s going to be broadcast at…

What 'Britain's wokest headteacher' gets wrong

23 February 2021 6:17 pm

Ah, a story for our times. And I think you know how it’s going to go. There was this junior…

Harry, Meghan and the nature of public service

20 February 2021 6:45 pm

Well, the ways have parted. That 12-month revision of the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for California…

When will Britain take a stand against Pakistan?

21 January 2021 3:22 am

Well, now that we’re all fired up about Britain’s moral role in the world courtesy of Theresa May, who is…

The echoes of Diana in Prince Harry

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The echoes of Diana in Prince Harry

Save me from the cult of instant intimacy

5 December 2020 9:00 am

On the cult of instant intimacy

Animal magic: children’s books for Christmas

28 November 2020 9:00 am

J.K. Rowling has written a book for children — and you know what? It’s a charmer. The Ickabod(Hachette, £20) was…

The terror of choosing the wrong email sign off

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The etiquette of ending an email

Who cares what Harry and Meghan think about Trump?

23 September 2020 6:34 pm

Well, who can the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have in mind in their video message to Time 100 –…

President Trump’s big Balkan deal

6 September 2020 5:26 am

President Trump has presided over a notable deal between Kosovo and Serbia. It’s interesting in more ways than one. For…

How priests were kept out of hospitals

30 July 2020 10:36 pm

Mary Wakefield’s piece in today’s magazine – How the Catholic Church betrayed the dying – is right and eloquent in…

Our unseen Queen is more important than ever

13 June 2020 12:03 am

Andrew Morton is being a bit previous, isn’t he, in suggesting to the Telegraphthat the Covid crisis means that the…

Dominic Cummings's lockdown critics will never be happy

26 May 2020 4:44 am

Happy now? Thought not. Dominic Cummings has delivered his statement and answered questions but still the critics aren’t appeased. Not…

Neil Ferguson has finally gladdened the nation

6 May 2020 10:34 pm

When I first heard that Neil Ferguson, the Government’s Covid adviser, had had to resign, I thought the BBC broadcast…

Hate legislation is blasphemy law by another name

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Hate legislation is blasphemy law by another name

Ten lessons we've learned from the lockdown so far

26 April 2020 1:55 am

Yep, the end is in sight, courtesy of other countries organising the practicalities for the return to some sort of…

France's citizens' climate convention has come back to bite Macron

18 April 2020 5:56 pm

Those of us who are sceptical about the worth of citizens’ assemblies have been noting with interest the upshot of…