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 volunteers to be lectured by children?

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The screenwriter Russell T. Davies has said that only gay actors should be cast in gay parts, believing this leads…

The age of de-enlightenment

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Depictions of Thomas Carlyle and David Hume in the Scottish Portrait Gallery will be altered to make it clear they…

This has been the year of epic derangement

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I wonder if British universities will follow Cornell’s innovative approach to ensuring students are protected from wretched viruses? The American…

A conciliatory P.J. O’Rourke is not the satirist we know and love

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There was an acidic bravura and beauty in P.J. O’Rourke’s early journalism and a gleefulness in the ease with which…

'You can't have opinions any more': Rick Wakeman interviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Rod Liddle talks to Rick Wakeman about lockdown, the Sex Pistols, and how you can’t have opinions any more

In defence of the booing Millwall fans

12 December 2020 9:00 am

It is an enormous shame that the Millwall fans who booed their players for ‘taking a knee’ in support of…

The Tavistock is a national scandal

5 December 2020 9:00 am

How noble of the British Library to have apologised to the family of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes for…

Make Status Quo sound like Stockhausen: AC/DC's Power Up reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Grade: C The fear is this: you’re wearing a leather jacket and hipster jeans and think you look cool, but…

The public sector delusion

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I wonder how much more money we will have to bung the teachers in order to inculcate within them an…

The march of the fascist mushrooms

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It has been too long coming. While conscientious and decent liberals have tried to explain why, to their horror, millions…

I’ve heard worse things — the death rattle of a close relative, for example: Kylie’s Disco reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Grade: B– Uh-oh. Might have to be careful here, pull my punches a little bit. The editor is a big…

Voters have lost their nerve

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Elections teach us nothing. Instead, each tribe dredges succour from the minutiae, proving that they had been right all along.…

How political is your fruit and veg?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

I recently bought some quinces in our local farmshop as part of my new policy of investing heavily in right-wing…

There is no Santa Claus, Sir Patrick

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It seems, then, that this latest lockdown has been instigated simply to protect two very questionable institutions — the National…

The morality of free school meals

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The main problem with the government giving in over free school meals during the holidays — other than that it…

The BBC needs a reality check

28 October 2020 3:28 am

One of my favourite moments of viewing in this strange and dark year was the outgoing director-general of the BBC, Tony…

Spare us David Hare

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Having not watched television for nine months and already growing bored of the 1,000-piece jigsaw of General Alfredo Stroessner (part…

What I got wrong about lockdown

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The news that residents of Liverpool are not allowed to visit any other cities in the UK is a hammer…

Who’s missing from that list of Great Black Britons

10 October 2020 9:00 am

There are two striking things about the new book, 100 Great Black Britons, which was compiled to celebrate the achievements…

The sound of pop eating itself and throwing up: A.G. Cook’s Apple reviewed

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Grade: A The future, then. The sound of pop eating itself, throwing up into a bag and then getting a…

More mimsy soft rock from Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman 2 reviewed

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Grade: B– Time has been kind to Cat Stevens’s reputation — his estrangement from the music business and rad BAME…

Time for me to be more assertive

26 September 2020 9:00 am

In the light of recent articles in The Spectator, I think it is vital I should point out here and…

JK Rowling’s fundamental mistake

19 September 2020 9:00 am

I had my first doubts about Lord Hall, the former director-general of the BBC, when he addressed a group of…

Virtuosic but slight – always prog’s problem: The Pineapple Thief's latest reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Grade: B– Of all the various subdivisions in that wheezing and crippled phenomenon that we call rock music, prog has…

Falsehoods are running amok

12 September 2020 9:00 am

I don’t know how much of a shock this will come to you as — perhaps none, because you are…