Sam Leith

Is technology killing nostalgia?

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Making memories is different in the digital age

The curse of ‘deadmin’

25 July 2022 9:03 pm

George Monbiot has gone to war. Some readers may know this fellow by his nickname ‘Moonbat’ – he’s a Guardian…

The latest Tory leadership debate was a grim spectacle

18 July 2022 3:00 pm

The eyes had it, in last night’s leadership debate. Penny Mordaunt and Rishi Sunak took turns directing to the camera…

The fatuous idea that politicians must be ‘in touch’

11 July 2022 5:25 pm

I was in Hyde Park on Friday watching an open-air Pixies show with very great delight when somewhere between ‘Vamos’…

Nick Bostrom: How can we be certain a machine isn’t conscious?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Philosopher Nick Bostrom on the AI threat

The past stinks

4 July 2022 5:20 pm

‘Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could,’ says Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park, ‘they didn’t stop to…

Abortion should not be just another culture-war ding dong

27 June 2022 4:17 pm

The overturning of Roe v. Wade is an American story, and a global one. What the hell – it’s asked…

How Meghan Markle can shake off the bullying allegations

20 June 2022 8:29 pm

She must be fit to be tied, the Duchess of Sussex. I know I would be. It was reported yesterday…

Are we ignoring AI’s ‘lived experience’?

13 June 2022 5:10 pm

Number Five, as the old film’s catchphrase went, is alive. A whistleblower at Google called Blake Lemoine has gone public…

Imperial measures are culture war bait

30 May 2022 6:40 pm

The idea of reintroducing imperial measures in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee has one quality that will have commended it to No. 10’s…

Should a trans woman inherit a peerage over their older sister?

23 May 2022 5:40 pm

It’s House of Lords reform, Jim, but not as we know it. Matilda Simon has applied to contest the next…

In praise of smartphones

16 May 2022 6:00 pm

The online PE teacher Joe Wicks has announced, in a fit of self-reproach coinciding with the launch of his new…

Let’s turn on SafeSearch for the Houses of Parliament

2 May 2022 5:43 pm

It really is quite easy to click on internet pornography by accident. There’s a persuasive argument that the whole of…

It sucks to be a Christian who doesn’t believe

18 April 2022 5:18 pm

Easter Sunday. I went to church for the first time in ages. The little parish church has stood for 900…

Bono's 'poem' was an insult to the craft of verse

21 March 2022 6:00 pm

‘Poet’, said Robert Frost, ‘is a praise-word’. So it is. That explains in part the unabashed delight with which Colm…

Britain's shameful response to the Ukraine crisis

14 March 2022 6:00 pm

Perhaps you’re of the opinion that Ukrainian refugees aren’t our problem, that the world has always been full of foreigners…

Remember the Russians who will really suffer from sanctions

7 March 2022 8:05 pm

When I was in Russia in the very early 1990s, there was a generic figure who seemed to stand at…

Has Putin resurrected the West?

28 February 2022 6:00 pm

I think Putin will have been surprised. I mean: I was surprised. Weren’t you? Not, necessarily, that Ukraine should have…

What if we aren’t ready to live with Covid?

21 February 2022 11:13 pm

Quite the constitutional twist, yesterday. Just as what Walter Bagehot called the efficient side of our ruling set-up was merrily…

Politics isn’t a branch of the entertainment industry

7 February 2022 6:40 pm

Rudy Giuliani has had quite the trajectory in public life. Those of us who remember the days after 9/11 will…

Eugenics will never work — thankfully

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The creation of a master race is an ancient idea which, thankfully, can never work, says Sam Leith

You can’t really ‘cancel’ anything

31 January 2022 7:30 pm

‘When parents give Maus…to their little kids, I think it’s child abuse. I wanna protect my kids!’ Who do you…

Pre-crime has arrived in China

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The idea of ‘pre-crime’ was popularised by Philip K. Dick’s story ‘The Minority Report’ and the 2002 Steven Spielberg film…

Downflood: the Good Ship Boris is sinking

24 January 2022 6:00 pm

In Sebastian Junger’s book The Perfect Storm, there’s a near-matchless description of how big boats go to the bottom. ‘The crisis…

What Meccano taught me

17 January 2022 6:31 pm

Elsewhere in England this weekend, grimly sweating middle-aged men were planning Operation Save Big Dog, Operation Red Meat and Operation…