Rod Liddle

Rod Liddle is associate editor of The Spectator. He writes a weekly column in the magazine, as well as contributing to The Sunday Times and The Sun.

When is a democracy not a democracy?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Displaying the pristine neutrality that has made her such a popular figure, Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis apparently tweeted the following last…

Ranges from the slight to the first-rate: Neil Young’s Homegrown reviewed

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Neil Young has been mining his own past very profitably for a long time now, disinterring a seemingly…

To understand the past, you need to inhabit it for a while

4 July 2020 9:00 am

‘It’s no go my honey love, it’s no go my poppet; Work your hands from day to day, the winds…

The police have become too politicised to function

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Forces have become too politicised to function

Contains the loveliest new song I've heard in decades: Bob Dylan's new album reviewed

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Grade: A ‘Rough’ in terms of the mostly spoken vocals, but only ‘rowdy’ if you’re approaching your 80th birthday, which…

Does anyone think Boris has handled this well?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

I don’t know what’s happened to our football hooligans. The modern malaise, I suppose. A gradual descent into ineffectuality. Back…

A rabbi stabbed, but no hate crime?

14 June 2020 7:39 am

A mystery has occurred. In The Affluent People’s Republic of North London, a rabbi was stabbed on the street multiple…

The closing down of debate worries me most

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The Eastern Orthodox Church has decided that yoga is incompatible with Christianity. This is an enormous problem for me, as…

Skates on the edge of parody: The 1975's Notes on a Conditional Form reviewed

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Just what you wanted. An opening track that matches banal piano noodling to an address by Greta Thunberg.…

The real problem with Newsnight

6 June 2020 9:00 am

The Twitter feed of BBC Newsnight editor Esme Wren (remember, I read this stuff so you don’t have to) is…

We can’t see the wood for the trees

30 May 2020 9:00 am

I was relieved to discover, earlier this week, that the Prime Minister’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings, was a symbol of…

Why schools should stay shut

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Has the stock of any politician fallen more sharply, these past three or four years, than that of Shami Chakrabarti?…

In defence of the lockdown

16 May 2020 9:00 am

I realised things were getting back to normal when I threw away a third of a tin of chopped tomatoes…

The politics of book shelves

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I pulled a Canadian girl in a nightclub, back when I was in my very early twenties. She seemed very…

Beautiful voice, pretentious album: Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters reviewed

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Grade: C+ Where did they all come from, the quirky yet meaningful rock chicks who don’t have a decent song…

This crisis will be decided by politics, not science

2 May 2020 9:00 am

One of the strangest developments to have occurred during this very strange time is that the Prime Minister’s special adviser,…

Our impatience will end the lockdown

25 April 2020 10:26 pm

At the farm shop this morning there was a chap panic-buying a large metal and plaster flamingo. It was the…

Would Churchill have worn a face mask?

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

The problem with face masks is cutting an opening of the right size to accommodate a cigarette, without the hole…

There’s nothing equal about this virus

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Filthy germ-laden townsfolk were out and about on the footpaths near my home on Easter Sunday, dragging with them their…

Haunting and beautiful: Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus’s Songs of Yearning reviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Grade: A It has taken 33 years — during which time this decidedly strange Liverpool collective have put out only…

If anything is ‘essential’ right now, it’s cigarettes

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The owners of my local grocery shop, a mile or so from my house, very kindly sell me cigarettes in…

The corona curtain-twitchers are watching

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Welcome, then, to a country in which the police send drones to humiliate people taking a walk and dried pasta…

What a relief to no longer have to pretend to be sociable

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Hulking fat chavs pushing shopping trolleys full of lavatory paper back to their Nissan Micras. I can’t think of a…

Britain has its first punk-rock government

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The most surprising thing about the letter from Guardian and Observer journalists moaning about Suzanne Moore’s supposed ‘transphobia’ is that…

A guide to coronavirus hoarding

7 March 2020 9:00 am

We have now got past the absurd stage of glaring in a reproachful manner at Chinese people on the tube.…