Greta Thunberg

Skates on the edge of parody: The 1975's Notes on a Conditional Form reviewed

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Just what you wanted. An opening track that matches banal piano noodling to an address by Greta Thunberg.…

Why schools should stay shut

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Has the stock of any politician fallen more sharply, these past three or four years, than that of Shami Chakrabarti?…

What a relief to no longer have to pretend to be sociable

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Hulking fat chavs pushing shopping trolleys full of lavatory paper back to their Nissan Micras. I can’t think of a…

Sarah Sands: I never wanted to climb the BBC career ladder

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After I took the editor’s job at Today on Radio 4 nearly three years ago I had to answer to…

Climate doomsayers keep putting sell-by dates on their credibility

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I was slightly surprised when Greta Thunberg announced at Davos that we had eight years left to save the planet.…

The people’s decade: how will history come to define the 2010s?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

The 1960s were swinging. The 1970s were stagflationary. In the 1980s we made loadsamoney and greed was good. The 1990s…

David Attenborough is making the same mistake as Greta Thunberg

17 January 2020 5:30 pm

It wasn’t so long ago that Sir David Attenborough came across as a calm voice of reason. His much-admired documentaries…

Panto should be about escapism, not saving the planet

30 November 2019 9:00 am

If you were hoping to escape the bilge that’s been pumped out by supposedly neutral organs of the state during…

If parliament were more modern, might it become less aggressive?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I’m writing this in Crete where a late summer has seen brilliant sunshine and temperatures reaching 25°C — but can…

debate

Who’s listening? Civilized debate is dead

5 November 2019 4:59 am

This article is in The Spectator’s November 2019 US edition. Subscribe here. Today nearly all real public discussion has become impossible. Which…

Portrait of the week: An election date is set, al-Baghdadi dies and a row over gay giraffes

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, having shelved his Brexit Bill in the face of parliamentary opposition, persuaded the Commons…

Why do we keep pretending that children are wiser than adults?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

We’ve begun to behave as if young people are special; more virtuous and wiser than adults. It’s wrong and it’s…

You have to laugh at Extinction Rebellion

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I ventured out into Westminster earlier this week to take a look at the Extinction Rebellion protest and it reminded…

Will Greta Thunberg win the Nobel Peace Prize? I really hope not

10 October 2019 9:53 pm

We’ve begun to behave as if young people are special; more virtuous and wiser than adults. It’s wrong and it’s…

As Greta and Malala show, the children know best

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The first book I ever produced, some 50 years ago, was a collection of poetry written by children. I called…

In praise of the bands that said no to Greta Thunberg

13 August 2019 8:41 pm

My faith in rock music has been temporarily restored. According to the manager of The 1975, the execrable essay/song that…

Pure hagiography – the BBC’s Extinction Rebellion: Last Chance To Save The World?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I’m beginning to feel like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: almost the last person on Earth who…

The trouble with Greta Thunberg

23 April 2019 11:20 pm

In popular mythology Greta Thunberg is a one-girl revolution who has inspired millions of young people into action by being…