flat white

Dan, why not get Our Mary on the phone?

We need to get Our Mary on the line.  That’s Mary Donaldson from Tasmania, the future Queen consort of Denmark. …

17 Sep 2021

Does AUKUS show there’s still life in the Morrison government?

Yesterday’s surprise announcement of AUKUS – the new Australia-United Kingdom-United States security partnership – is huge news. Not only is…

17 Sep 2021

Covid: time for our leaders to remember freedom has never been free

Australia’s leaders should take note: sometimes, doing the hard thing is worth considering. The easy thing is to wield one’s…

17 Sep 2021

How long can the CCP dominate China? 

The Chinese Communist Party is at the peak of its power as it enters its second century. But how long can it…

16 Sep 2021

Time to show us the light at the end of the tunnel, Dan

The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (aka Chairman Dan) after over a year and a half has finally offered to provide…

16 Sep 2021

Finally, some sense on subs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has long signalled he was open to ending a ban on nuclear power in Australia. He…

16 Sep 2021

Local leftists think Joe Biden’s senility is a scream

Less than 35 years ago the Australian left — and their colleagues around the world — were always warning us…

South Australia’s Covid app: the last straw

Communist China is amassing unrivalled amounts of individual and company data as part of its plans to build a “social…

16 Sep 2021

Sign up to the Morning Double Shot newsletter

The Spectator Australia's Morning Double Shot delivers a hearty breakfast of news and views straight to your inbox

Sign up to the Flat White newsletter

Weekly round up of the best Flat White blogs - delivered straight to your inbox

What the Aukus pact says about Britain's foreign policy

While the foreign secretary changed in the last 24 hours, the most important announcement regarding the direction of UK foreign…

17 Sep 2021

Is Harry and Meghan's Time profile a parody?

Of course the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021. And…

17 Sep 2021

Macron's ambitions have been torpedoed by Aukus

Today France is outraged. First, explicitly because Australia has broken a large contract to have a French company design their…

17 Sep 2021

Boris Johnson's government shake-up continues

After a rather quiet day, the reshuffle is back on, and Boris Johnson is proving to be even more brutal…

17 Sep 2021

Sign up to The Spectator Australia newsletter

Australia's best political analysis - straight to your inbox

Sign up to the Best of the World newsletter

Get the latest developments around the world

Does AUKUS show there’s still life in the Morrison government?

Yesterday’s surprise announcement of AUKUS – the new Australia-United Kingdom-United States security partnership – is huge news. Not only is…

17 Sep 2021

Jacinda Ardern – an agenda-driven autocrat?

It’s hard to keep up with our adroit Prime Minister who apparently doesn’t like answering questions, such as the one about where does…

13 Sep 2021

More than one way to ruin a country

The shock of the brutal religious fanaticism of the Taliban again abroad in Afghanistan, partly at least to the shame…

11 Sep 2021

Kiwis want elimination, and nothing but elimination

Yesterday, the New Zealand Herald published the findings of an opinion poll it commissioned as a wave of the Delta…

3 Sep 2021

Australia fails the character test

James Allan recently lamented, as well he might, the unwillingness of Australia’s media to ask our politicians difficult questions about…

18 Sep 2021

White privilege as the face of modern Labor

The runner-up in this year’s US Open tennis women’s final was 19-year old Leylah Fernandez who was born in Montreal…

18 Sep 2021

Voting 1 for ‘least-bad’

There’s a story about a former New York City mayor. I think it was Ed Koch. He was talking to…

18 Sep 2021

Business/Robbery, etc.

The worldwide silicon chip crisis is a national security problem, not just a commercial inconvenience that has closed production lines…

18 Sep 2021

Deaths are sad or tragic, but look at the numbers

One of the most bizarre aspects of the interminable daily Covid media conferences is the release of the number of…

18 Sep 2021

Xi’s Great Leap Backwards

Xi’s Cultural Revolution is now well under way and beginning to echo Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-76). There will, of course,…

18 Sep 2021

Fleas thrive in the grey zone

The cheaper alternative to conventional conflict for opponents of the US (and Australia) is to engineer endless ‘wars of the…

18 Sep 2021

Poison pill

‘Who guards the guardians?’ asked Juvenal in his sixth Satire, in the second century. He was referring to corruptible lechers…

18 Sep 2021

Diane Lane

It was doubly sad the other night to see Virginia Gay deliver a speech from her Covid-cancelled Cyrano on the…

18 Sep 2021

Thomas Mann

And so Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge is Melbourne’s musical-in- waiting. The show that can only go on when we’re 80…

11 Sep 2021

Charlie Watts

The endless news is of shows locked down as every form of life is locked down in a nation struggling…

4 Sep 2021

Nicole Kidman

And, as even Canberra locks down, so do all the shows. The Melbourne Theatre Company shuts down its production of…

28 Aug 2021

Aussie Life

When maverick ex-New York Times reporter Alex Berenson said that the Covid-19 jabs didn’t stop infection or transmission, and were…

18 Sep 2021

Aussie Language

When Extinction Rebellion vandalised Parliament House they were engaging in ‘stuntism’— a word that was coined by Mark Latham. When…

18 Sep 2021

Why do ministers – and bakers – love a rollout?

I was rolling out some pastry that had been cooling its pudgy heels in the fridge when voices on the…

18 Sep 2021

I rather enjoy my chemotherapy sessions

With a French health card everything is free for us cancer patients, even taxis to and from the hospital. ‘This…

18 Sep 2021

The war that changed the world in the early seventh century

It was not a war to end all wars, writes James Howard-Johnston at the start of this illuminating and thought-provoking…

18 Sep 2021

Only Iain Sinclair could glimpse Hackney in the wilds of Peru

It seemed like a preposterous proposition. For decades, Iain Sinclair has been an assiduous psychogeographer of London, an eldritch cartographer…

18 Sep 2021

How China’s economic revolution created billionaires overnight

In the winter of 1992, the retired octogenarian Deng Xiaoping toured China’s southern coasts. From there he gave a spirited…

18 Sep 2021

No Samuel Beckett play is set in stone

It must have been shortly after my first performance of Not I in London in 2005 when Matthew Evans, the…

18 Sep 2021

The secret life of Thomas Mann: The Magician, by Colm Tóibín, reviewed

In a letter to Stephen Spender, W.H. Auden, who had married Thomas Mann’s daughter Erika sight unseen in order to…

18 Sep 2021

Is there intelligent life on other planets?: Bewilderment, by Richard Powers, reviewed

We open with Theo, our narrator, and Robin, his son, looking at the night sky through a telescope. ‘Darkness this…

18 Sep 2021

Try forest bathing – by day and night – to ward off depression

Ever since a consensus emerged that trees and, by extension, their ecosystems, were both vastly interesting and badly threatened, great…

18 Sep 2021

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was lucky to escape retribution in 1945

They rather like bad boys, the French. Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961) is one, in a tradition that stretches from François Villon…

11 Sep 2021