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.

The real reasons children are going hungry

6 March 2021 9:00 am

‘We’re idiots, babe, it’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves.’ I listened to The Food Programme on Radio 4…

In defence of Piers Morgan

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The Liberal Democrat party’s foreign affairs spokesgoblin, Velma from Scooby-Doo — or ‘Layla Moran’ as she is known to close…

Where will vaccine passports take us?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Desperate to find someone to commemorate with a statue for having done great things, but who isn’t a white male,…

Facts are now history

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Your quiz for the week is to make the connection between the following people: fun-loving Greek hack Homer, veteran US…

What if Covid had struck in the 1970s?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

We have reached Covid-19’s first anniversary in the UK — and I really think we should do something fitting to…

A criminally underrated songwriter: Matthew Sweet’s Catspaw reviewed

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Grade: A– The early 1990s were a lovely time for rock music: Beck, Sparklehorse, Sugar, Green on Red and Royal…

The big tech bullies

30 January 2021 9:00 am

I was in the kitchen preparing the family’s dinner when the inauguration of Joe Biden was on TV, so I…

What makes us think they’ll release lockdown after vaccines?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Has the coup happened yet? You have the advantage over me. It was supposed to have taken place on Sunday.…

As pretty as anything he’s written in four decades: McCartney III reviewed

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Grade: A-   The greatest songwriter of the 20th century, or just one of the top two or three? Who…

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…