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ScoMo runs up the white flag on carbon

It was only at midday Friday The Spectator Australia asked Will Australia face carbon tariffs under the Biden regime? By…

25 Jan 2021

Will NSW follow Dan Andrewstan and only consult allies over the transgender agenda?

Here’s an interesting insight into how the game of politics is played. Regarding the Victorian ‘Suppression (Conversion) Bill’ where the MP’s stated…

24 Jan 2021

Happy Australia Day Daniel Andrews – you hideous hypocrite

There are many words I could choose to describe Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews. In the spirit of Australia Day, I…

24 Jan 2021

War is a continuation of politics by other means – trade too

War is a continuation of politics by other means. The German strategist Carl von Clausewitz, who wrote the book on…

24 Jan 2021

Australia’s news bargaining code is unworkable – and could break the internet as we know it

America is the most innovative country globally because American businesses hustle to innovate and create new products and services. Competition…

24 Jan 2021

She Who Must Not Be Named

Australia’s greatest tennis player turned Christian minister is vilified every January for daring to hold a traditional view of marriage…

23 Jan 2021

So what can we say about the Podium Poet?

So let’s talk about the poetry thing and the poet who read poetry at the inauguration. America’s National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman who recited the…

22 Jan 2021

Australia versus Google

The out-going Trump administration finally woke up to a nasty little rort that the Australian government was planning on running…

22 Jan 2021

Joe Biden is no Al Smith

January 20, 2021 saw Joe Biden become the second Catholic to be inaugurated as president. His installation was hailed by…

25 Jan 2021

The EU’s vaccine catastrophe is a crisis of its own making

As news emerges that both Pfizer and AstraZeneca are cutting supplies of their Covid-19 vaccines to the EU by up…

25 Jan 2021

The tragedy behind every Covid death

On a grey January morning, at a small, sparsely attended ceremony in a chapel in North London, we said goodbye…

24 Jan 2021

Do Tories know the truth about Boris Johnson?

Exactly 40 years ago tomorrow, four Labour party grandees issued the Limehouse Declaration, signalling ‘the re-emergence of social democracy in…

24 Jan 2021

Super wasteful

The claim that Australia’s system of compulsory superannuation is the envy of the world is routinely made.  But who is…

23 Jan 2021

Black out

Late last year saw publication of another indigenous report, thousands more words about challenges facing these troubled communities. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Women’s Voices report contained a heavy…

23 Jan 2021

Nowhere Man

‘The virtual inauguration of Joe Biden is a fitting culmination to a campaign which was notable for its absences; a…

23 Jan 2021

Making America Miserable Again

The election of Joe Biden as the forty sixth president of the United States will see a reversion to Washington’s…

23 Jan 2021

The year the world caught communism

The world was initially shocked by the brutality of China’s lockdown to deal with the outbreak of a novel coronavirus…

23 Jan 2021

Detransitioning over the rainbow

Next month, the Victorian parliament will enact the ‘Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Bill 2020’, which was drafted to protect…

23 Jan 2021

Cancel culture on campus

Let me give readers more to worry about when it comes to today’s rampant cancel culture, a phenomenon that seems…

23 Jan 2021

Business/Robbery etc.

Bully in China cries foul Bullies always cry foul when the tables are turned. While a bullying China imposes its…

23 Jan 2021

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The Investigation

Slowly, after what seemed like infinite, malingering delays, virus-driven, the world of arts and entertainment is starting to open again…

23 Jan 2021

Masked opera

We were all excited to be there.  You would have thought that we hadn’t been to an opera performance.  Well,…

23 Jan 2021

Bridgerton

Who would have thought that Netflix would score so sumptuously with a Regency soap that flaunts colourblind casting like a…

16 Jan 2021

Banks, the new biography of Joseph Banks by Grantlee Kieza reviewed

One of the most eligible bachelors in England, he was strong, handsome, well-educated, adventurous and a fabulously rich young man.…

16 Jan 2021

Kiwi Life

When I dice a chilled cucumber along with a couple of tomatoes, toss them together in a bowl with a…

23 Jan 2021

Aussie Lingo

Have we flogged the word ‘spirit’ to death? Or, rather have politicians, emptied it of all meaning and turned it…

23 Jan 2021

The small world of Polari

In discussing the German low-life cant called Rotwelsch, Mark Glanville (Books, 9 January) referred in passing to Polari, ‘the language…

23 Jan 2021

Dear Mary: How do we thank a friend when we’ve forgotten what they sent us?

Q. Following the birth of our child we were deluged with cards, gifts and money from kind family and friends.…

23 Jan 2021

Will the next generation wonder what the fuss over Brexit was about?

Robert Tombs’s new book is not long: 165 pages of argument, unadorned by maps or images. But brevity is good,…

23 Jan 2021

The art of the short story: what we can learn from the Russians

This is such a superb idea that it’s a wonder a book like this has not cropped up before. Here…

23 Jan 2021

God’s many mansions: a guide to the world’s greatest churches

The surroundings of the Crimea Memorial Church in Istanbul are ‘little better than a dump’, wrote the British embassy chaplain…

23 Jan 2021

The Generic Asian Man: Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu, reviewed

Of the handful of things we can establish about Willis Wu, the protagonist of Charles Yu’s second novel, the most…

23 Jan 2021

On the cowboy’s trail: Powder Smoke, by Andrew Martin, reviewed

Detective Inspector Jim Stringer is back. This is a York novel, or rather a Yorkshire crime novel. The LNER railway…

23 Jan 2021

A burnt-out case: the many lives of Dr Anthony Clare

Those who best remember Dr Anthony Clare (1942-2007) for his broadcasting are firmly reminded by this biography that we didn’t…

23 Jan 2021

Cruelty and chaos in Karachi

Karachi, Pakistan’s troubled heart, is known to cast a seductive spell over residents and visitors alike. In Karachi Vice, the…

23 Jan 2021

An English 17th-century double portrait holds many clues to its meaning

This is a big book about a minor painting — a double portrait of John Bankes, aged about 16 (the…

23 Jan 2021