Rod Liddle

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My diversity targets for the BBC

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Terrible news for gay broadcasters —  the BBC has only one year to meet a diversity target which says that…

Is it society’s job to stop people singing racist jokes?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? Assuming you were somehow given a retrospective choice in the matter.…

Even in moderate Malaysia, anti-Semitism is rife

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The question I had hoped to pose this week was this: ‘Do people dislike Diane Abbott because she is black…

On Nobel Prize winners and Mastermind losers

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I once worked my way through two whole books of IQ tests devised by Hans Eysenck and by the time…

Can the National Trust please forget about ‘heteronormative privilege’ and just look after houses?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

There is a satirical website called ‘Guardian headline generator’ which purports to offer a service to aspirant journalists who wish…

The BBC’s quest to make Watership Down woke

5 January 2019 9:00 am

For a while, as a 13-year-old, I was obsessed with rabbits — the consequence of having read Watership Down by…

Dear Santa: My 14 requests for the new year

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It is always a pleasure to watch Paris burning. On the surface a civilised country, but scrape a little deeper…

The Little Drummer Girl [Photo: BBC]

John le Carré is like Shakespeare – his plots are improbable beyond comprehension

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Thank the blessed Lord it’s over. Not Brexit, or Theresa May’s flailing and spastic governance. I’m talking about John le…

Sex in church is fine – just keep the Christians out

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Nic Roeg’s art-house thriller from 1973 Don’t Look Now was most famous, or infamous, for its lengthy and explicit sex…

The only thing you’re allowed to hate is hate itself

24 November 2018 9:00 am

If we are to ban states of mind, my vote would be for self-righteousness first, followed by sententiousness, with maybe…

The elites will never let us peasants fully revolt

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Peasants’ Revolts tend not to work out too well in this country, for the peasants. I suppose that is why…

Why I’ve changed my name

10 November 2018 9:00 am

As someone who has recently discovered he is black, I have watched with incredulity the treatment doled out by the…

How smoking saved my life

3 November 2018 9:00 am

I almost got killed this week. I went for a very early morning walk in a New Hampshire forest, in…

Good news – now everyone can be a victim

20 October 2018 9:00 am

We are terribly remiss in our coverage of women’s sport in The Spectator, so I thought I would try to…

Critics hated Julie Burchill’s Brexit play. What does that say about them?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

There is a new book out about the sun — the bright thing in the sky, not the newspaper. It…

The truth is we prefer to lie

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There are no necessary truths any more. Everything is contingent. And those contingencies are the consequence not of what happens…

Rod Liddle: In defence of marriage

29 September 2018 9:00 am

I took part in a debate organised by the Times this week about reform of our divorce laws. Well, I…

Claire Foy accepts the best actress Emmy for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. Photo: Getty

Men and women are born equal but different. Deal with it

22 September 2018 9:00 am

I was delighted to see Claire Foy win an Emmy award for her portrayal of the Queen in the fine…

Is it possible to draw Serena Williams without being racist?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I have spent the morning trying to draw a cartoon of a black person without it being racist. It’s bloody…

It’s not just the moon landings. Everywhere, the PC brigade is rewriting history

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I remember the moon landing very well. I was nine years old. I can remember too my sense of outrage…

And I think to myself, not a wonderful world…

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The story of Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan is an interesting one, I think, for what it tells us about…

Jeremy Corbyn is either deeply sinister – or a total idiot

18 August 2018 9:00 am

The crowd were singing ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ again, at a festival in Cornwall, the words appended to a riff by…

Why Boris is wrong about burkas

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Were you aware that men who transition into women can suffer period pains, despite not having a uterus? Oh, they…

Bigots of the world, unite!

4 August 2018 9:00 am

If Jews would get out of Israel and also stop drinking the blood of gentile children, perhaps the rest of…

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The latest exciting news is that it may very soon be possible for surgeons to perform uterine transplants, so endowing…