Guest Notes

Political notes

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Refusing to accept the vote One sign of the collapse of political order in a country is the refusal of…

Sports notes

9 February 2019 9:00 am

James Allan’s notes last week about unenviable aspects of Australian tennis certainly struck a chord with me. When in Sydney,…

Sports notes

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Tennis as progressive ideology As I have made clear once or twice already in the pages of this august magazine,…

Blasphemy notes

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Affection for the Prophet more than for life itself The plight of the Pakistani Christian woman known as Asia Bibi…

Identity notes

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Colourful opinions In the last edition of the Saturday Paper for 2018 there is an article by a self-styled ‘Person…

Brexit notes

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Parris and the mob No doubt many readers viewed with incredulity Speccie columnist Matthew Parris’s nostalgia for the democratic process…

Conservative notes

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Lefty Tory Brits Arriving in London for a posting at Australia House during the dying days of the Blair government,…

Submarine notes

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The build-process for our new subs will be disastrous Of all of the possible solutions to Australia’s need for submarines,…

Wimmin’s notes

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Men aren’t doing it by themselves, either The recent triumphalist article by Speccie writer Declan Mansfield, ‘Sisters aren’t doing it…

Presidential notes

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Insiders and Outsiders Buckle up, US political junkies!  We are now just moments away from the starting gun being fired…

Rainy day notes

8 December 2018 9:00 am

As I write rain is absolutely bucketing down in the form of what is commonly known in the UK as…

Teaching notes

1 December 2018 9:00 am

TEACHER’S VOW TO TURN KIDS OFF LIBS: so read the lesser front-page headline of the Australian on November 21. From…

Dis-con notes

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Next please, PM Last week’s editorial, ‘In praise of the PM’, rightly gave Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘full marks ……

Terrorism notes

24 November 2018 9:00 am

PM’s plain speaking about motivations and excuses The Commonwealth criminal code defines ‘terrorist act’ as one intended to coerce or…

Conservative notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Why don’t the Libs fight to win? Imagine that in getting your public affairs news you were restricted to the…

Remembrance notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Exactly a year ago I was on my way home starting the final stage of recovery from prolonged surgery.  Indeed…

Submarine notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

A working sub fleet and crew tomorrow, for 1/2 the price Now we have a new PM, he should look…

Learning notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

A week or so ago my wife thought she might be losing her mind when she heard the late Freddie…

Liberal notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The future in doubt No election result is a certainty in advance but all the evidence suggests that the federal…

Writer’s notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Travelling with The Gillian Like any writer waiting on the tarmac I was trying to think of ways to monetise…

Dis-con notes

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The UN at work A recent Dis-Con Note, ‘ScoMo’s (recommended) manifesto’, mentioned two international meetings in December pursuing the United…

Kiwi notes

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The adoration of Ms Ardern I am just back from a week in New Zealand where my family and I…

Dis-con notes

6 October 2018 9:00 am

ScoMo’s (recommended) manifesto Everyone seeking, like myself, to avoid a Labor government must wish Prime Minister Morrison well. However, in…

Racism notes

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Taking offence means we all walk on eggshells Recently, a controversial cartoon was drawn of a tennis champion which many…

Conservative notes

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The Right is cleaving Take a look at right-of-centre political parties in the Anglosphere. In Canada things are bad, very…