Melanie McDonagh

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

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’

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