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.

Who are we kidding – of course terror is a political issue

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It was pleasing to see that old clip of Gerry Adams endorsing Jeremy Corbyn re-emerge, just before the acts of…

I’ve found the country’s last Lib Dem voter

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In Gerrards Cross, in the rain, dusk falling, attempting to gauge the political mood of the town through the pristine…

Get ready for the Great Lammy Firewall

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Many of you will be waiting, with much excitement, for the Great Lammy Firewall, which will be introduced by our…

My charter of fundamental rights

16 November 2019 9:00 am

I was chatting to a young medical student, a very bright chap from West Africa, who was nonetheless perplexed by…

Beware the wokeplace romance

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I wonder if we are beginning to see the end of assortative mating. For a long while now we have…

Woke slogans welded to incompetent grunge: Neil Young’s Colorado reviewed

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B- Horribly woke boilerplate slogans welded inexpertly to the usual incompetent Crazy Horse grunge. Young and his pick-up band…

If you do one thing this election, stop your kids voting

2 November 2019 9:00 am

As I write this, MPs are arguing about whether a general election should be on 9 December or 12 December.…

Patently insincere: Kanye’s Jesus is King reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B– Kanye West has found Jesus Christ. Lucky old Christ. If I were Christ I’d have hidden out a…

It’s down to the wire – and Boris only has one chance to survive

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Here is my ideal scenario. Having failed to push through a deal to leave the European Union, either in the…

How the BBC can achieve real diversity

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Exciting news from the BBC, where every employee has just received a flyer from the Director-General, Lord Hall, informing them…

Imagine ZZ Top stuck in a lift with Gary Numan: Sturgill Simpson’s Sound & Fury reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Grade: A– The outlaw country genre has shifted a little over the decades since Waylon and Willie, with each proponent…

Sorry, sir, we only stock books we agree with

5 October 2019 9:00 am

I was on my way to the pub the other evening, about seven o’clock, rain lashing down on my head,…

There is only one law: there must be no Brexit

28 September 2019 9:00 am

You’re surprised? Really? What are you surprised by? The specifics — that 11 non-elected, mostly public-school-educated judges, and doubtlessly Remainers…

Proggery beyond parody: Iggy Pop’s Free reviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Grade: D+ Pleasant memories — of hearing ‘Raw Power’ for the first time and later the amiably shambolic chug of…

The Lib Dems have revealed the extreme side of modern liberalism

21 September 2019 9:00 am

A friend’s seven-year-old daughter was asked by her school to write something about the NHS. Her only experience of it…

Theresa May’s honours list makes me sick

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The BBC featured a gay wedding on Songs of Praise recently. Of course it did. The thinking was, I assume:…

When it comes to Brexit, everything that can be tried will always fail

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It is all beginning to feel like the closing scenes of the 1980 spoof comedy film Airplane! In particular the…

Great title – shame about the songs: Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell reviewed

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Get the razor blades out, Ms Misery is back. Only the truly affluent can immerse themselves in such…

Is there anything that can’t be put down to a ‘condition’?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I suppose it is overstating the case to suggest that dyslexia is simply a term coined to assuage the disappointment…

An all-female cabinet? Insert your own joke here

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I wonder what Jacques Derrida would have made of the new leader of the UK Independence party? In the philosopher’s…

Frightful flights, a falling pound: why would you go anywhere but Britain for your summer holiday?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The epiphany came when I was standing in the oxymoron of a speedy boarding queue at Gatwick, waiting to have…

Reliably odd but the deranged proggery grates: King’s Mouth by The Flaming Lips reviewed

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B- So a queen dies as her giant baby is being born. The baby grows very big indeed and…

Boris may end up delivering Corbyn

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Alastair Campbell has written a longish ‘open’ letter to Jeremy Corbyn, helpfully explaining why he has decided not to contest…

Grimly magnificent: the east end of the priory

The grim magnificence of Gisborough Priory

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Gisborough Priory was founded in 1119, although the gothic chunks which remain of it today — including the grimly magnificent…

We’ve made morons of our police force

27 July 2019 9:00 am

I never believed Carl Beech’s allegations that he had suffered multiple depravities, including sexual abuse, at the hands of various…