Paedophilia

Francis Guinan (Fred) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee) in Downstate. Photo: Michael Brosilow

Has Bruce Norris bitten off more than he can chew?

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Bruce Norris is a firefighter among dramatists. He runs towards danger while others sprint in the other direction. His Pulitzer-winning…

It’s shocking how many Michael Jackson fans are still determined to take his side

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Halfway through the first part of Channel 4’s extraordinary documentary Leaving Neverland (Thursdays), I flicked through the comments on social…

How did the same word come to describe the activities of stable lads and sexual predators?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Grooming is a horrible phenomenon of modern life when it happens to abused children. Yet a magazine such as GQ…

Wilfred Owen’s troubling obsession with young boys

6 January 2018 9:00 am

This year is the centenary of the Armistice to end what Siegfried Sassoon called ‘the world’s worst wound’: the first…

Girl, interrupted: Rooney Mara as Una

Moral maze

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

A feature film about priests who abuse children is being released on 25 March. Which happens to be Good Friday.…

Left to right: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery

A worthy film that just doesn't fly: Spotlight reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like The Revenant and The Big Short, Spotlight is yet another Oscar contender ‘based on true events’ — although it…

What Tacitus would have made of the Heath rumours

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The press and police have been condemned for the way they fall on mere rumour and plaster it across the…

Edward Heath conducting the annual carol concert at the Grand Ballroom, Broadstairs, Kent in 1963. (Photo: Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive/Getty)

Edward Heath and a very modern witch-hunt

8 August 2015 9:00 am

There was a grim inevitability that the name Edward Heath would one day be trawled up in connection with allegations…

Labour’s austerity tradition

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The spirit of 1945 No one would have been more surprised at the sight of 100,000 people marching in London…

Sound and fury — the pianist James Rhodes is very angry indeed

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Ours is the era of everybody’s autobiography. Bookshops groan with misery-lit memoirs — Never Let Me Go, Dysfunction Without Tears…

Are we ready for a play about Jimmy Savile?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Have you heard the one about girlfriend-killer Oscar Pistorius not having a leg to stand on? Or what about the…

Racism, paedophilia and an inverted Snow White

2 May 2015 9:00 am

God Help the Child, Toni Morrison’s 11th novel, hearkens back to two of her earliest. Like The Bluest Eye, it…

'The truth is hard': an interview with Roger Scruton

4 April 2015 9:00 am

To the extent that Britain has philosophers, we do not expect them to address issues of any relevance to the…

Muswell Hill reviewed: a guide on how to sock it to London trendies

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Torben Betts is much admired by his near-namesake Quentin Letts for socking it to London trendies. Letts is one of…

The serried ranks of an El Sistema youth orchestra in Caracas, 2012 — a ‘miracle’ that’s turned very sour

Sex, lies and El Sistema

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The two trendiest words in classical music are ‘El Sistema’. That’s the name for the high-intensity programme of instrumental coaching…

An unorthodox detective novel about Waitrose-country paedos

4 October 2014 9:00 am

W.H. Auden was addicted to detective fiction. In his 1948 essay ‘The Guilty Vicarage’, he analysed the craving, which he…

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Portrait of the week

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, ordered a review, taking perhaps ten weeks, by Peter Wanless, the head of the…

Spectator letters: A surgeon writes on assisted dying, and an estate agent answers Harry Mount

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Real help for those in pain Sir: The fickleness of existence is exemplified by the fact that being Tony Blair’s…

What kind of idiot tries to stand in the way of a national child abuse panic? I do

12 July 2014 9:00 am

As essay titles go, ‘On losing an argument with Tim Loughton MP’ may fail to catch the imagination; but there…

I thought paedophiles were rare – but then I read the newspapers

12 July 2014 9:00 am

One problem from which I am confident I don’t suffer is paedophilia. I have always liked picking up babies and…

Stirring the imagination into overdrive: ‘The Sinner’ by John Collier (1904)

Sex, secrets, and self-mortification: the dark side of the confessional

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I have a confession to make. I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I admitted something of…