Michael Davis

Donald the Democrat?

19 September 2017 1:00 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — No one’s surprised or disappointed that Trump reneged on his promise to deport illegal immigrants who…

Melania notes

16 September 2017 9:00 am

It’s hard not to feel bad for Melania Trump. One doesn’t exactly get the impression that she wanted to be…

The demon of the absolute

28 August 2017 5:40 pm

BOSTON – UNITED STATES The word of the week over here was ‘iconoclasm’. Estimable journals have been dropping it, from…

The Christian case for doing whatever the hell you want

21 August 2017 8:57 pm

I usually don’t bother reading articles with titles like ‘The (X) Case for (Y)’, where X = a right-wing ideology…

With Bannon gone, it’s civil war

20 August 2017 8:13 am

At its most coherent, Trumpism has always been a heretical offshoot of Bannonism: the same populist-nationalist spirit without its conservative,…

Who’s a true conservative?

12 July 2017 7:27 pm

The Prime Minister’s potty, semantic quibbling in London has taken up with characteristic zeal by Peter Van Onselen. His column…

Theresa May and three heresies

8 July 2017 2:25 pm

There’s still a whole lot of libertarian grand-standing going on about the British general election, much of it predicated on…

The answer isn’t Liberal

30 June 2017 1:06 pm

Let’s pretend for just a moment that Tony Abbott is the right-wing hardliner everyone says he is. Let’s pretend he’s not as…

Trumpism, post-Trump

15 June 2017 4:28 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Professor David Flint made a statement in the last print issue which I’d like to tease…

Honey Badgers make me cringe

10 June 2017 8:49 am

I want to believe. I really, really do. I want to believe that all this post-conservative ‘New Right’ stuff. I…

Trump’s broken promises

22 May 2017 7:35 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — It wasn’t even a year ago the American people were assured Saudi Arabia would finally be…

Why we need a Theresa May

16 May 2017 12:42 pm

Theresa May is doing counter-populism right. The Tories have just released their manifesto for the June election, and it has every strength the Liberals’ depressing,…

Budget 2017: pseudopulism fails to sway the polls

15 May 2017 7:49 am

Theresa May is headed for a triple-digit majority in parliament, just two years after the Tories cobbled together a government…

Trump and Comey: the G-Man goes

11 May 2017 8:03 am

BOSTON, United States — Even if the president and his staff are completely innocent of collusion with Russia, Trump’s done…

Christianity, public life and the Thomas Moore option

23 April 2017 3:13 pm

I’ve always had a soft spot for Britain’s Liberal Democrats. Our tryst began in 2014, when ex-leader Nick Clegg sent…

Ba’athism or Islamism?

18 April 2017 10:00 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Thought experiment: what if NATO deposed Assad, installed a democracy in Syria… and the public voted…

Trumping Putin at his own game

8 April 2017 4:03 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — If you want proof that humans evolved from apes, listen to teenaged boys laughing. Even when…

Trump’s strike: a move even peaceniks should back

7 April 2017 3:08 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Donald Trump’s strike on a Syrian airbase marks the United States’ first direct act of aggression against…

Oh Malcolm, Malcolm, Malcolm…

6 April 2017 12:43 pm

Winston Churchill said of Ramsay MacDonald, Britain’s first Labour PM: I remember when I was a child, being taken to…

Let’s bomb the crap out of North Korea

5 April 2017 12:40 pm

By no means am I one of those American ‘neo-conservatives’ who’d liberate every tin-pot dictatorship at gunpoint. If some people…

Why I can’t get excited by science

27 March 2017 7:22 am

God knows why, but I found myself browsing that Humans of New York website yesterday. Terrible site. It’s basically emotional…

The abolition of women

23 March 2017 4:00 pm

I’m a bit turned-around on a rather major point of public discourse, dear reader, and am hoping you might walk…

Bannon 2024

20 March 2017 7:38 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The House Freedom Caucus is up in arms about President Trump’s Obamacare reform bill. While he…

Earth has not anything to show more fair…

19 March 2017 8:39 am

Over at Breitbart’s London Bureau, there’s a roughish, floppy-haired giant of a fogey named Oliver J.J. Lane. Red-pants’d and boater-hat’d,…

Punk rock conservatism? Pretty vacant…

14 March 2017 7:35 am

My dear darling Daisy, Thank you for your lovely letter. Please understand, when I say you’re not a conservative, it’s…