James Allan

Australian notes

1 May 2020 11:00 pm

It’s almost always a binary political world Have you ever wondered what Malcolm Turnbull’s version of the Golden Rule might…

An excitable right-wing polemicist replies

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Those High Court appointments were dreadful, by George!

Random thoughts on the coronavirus lockdown 

23 April 2020 5:00 am

For some time now I have been a sceptic as to the relative or statistical dangers of this coronavirus as…

Corona notes

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Heads Trump wins, tails CNN loses Remember back when that Imperial College in London modelling came out saying that this…

‘We’re all in this together’ and other myths of the corona crisis

8 April 2020 5:00 pm

Here are a couple of the myths, the untruths, we are being told about this coronavirus crisis. Firstly, ‘We are…

End of the world? Call me sceptical

4 April 2020 9:00 am

There are just not enough deaths to justify the draconian reaction to the coronavirus

Palaszczuk’s pork for public servants: sleaze supreme, even by Queensland standards

1 April 2020 3:03 pm

My sister is an economist for the Ontario government in Canada. She’s a public servant. Until last year the pay…

Australian notes

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Everybody loves borders now What do Justin Trudeau, Jacinda Ardern, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the crazier fringe of the Greens party (here…

Three random thoughts: universities, free speech and coronavirus

19 March 2020 1:23 pm

We certainly have a problem in our universities and it’s not one that will be spotted by interviewing vice-chancellors. Last…

Can the Libs move just a smidgen to the right, please?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The Coalition’s appointments are woeful

The charge of the Recognition brigade

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The Voice is toxic

High Court of Wokeness

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

How on earth did the Coalition allow this travesty to happen?

Go slow ScoMo

15 February 2020 9:00 am

What has this government actually achieved?

We all need a Nigel or two

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Australia’s lacklustre politicians could take a leaf from the hero of Brexit

Three and a half years is a long time in politics

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Conservatism is looking pretty good

You say ‘diversity’. I hear quotas

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Ever wonder where all this talk of ‘diversity’ started? Well, it actually dates back some four decades to a 1978…

Trump, impeachment and the media

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Many of us living in the Westminster parliamentary part of the democratic world don’t have much grasp of what the…

Frydenberg’s fantasy federalism

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Josh Frydenberg, the Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, last week wrote an opinion piece in…

Allan, James Allan

16 November 2019 9:00 am

I have to confess that I’m a little bit insulted that no one in the totally impartial and apolitical Commonwealth…

North American notes

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Al Jolson vs the vulgarian pugilist First to Canada. The election produced a minority government win for the incumbent Al…

Insiders won’t go down without a fight

26 October 2019 9:00 am

    The European Union has a habit of working with the establishment figures in countries to topple governments that…

Turmoil in the Anglosphere

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Well, there’s certainly a fair bit of action coming out of Canada, Britain and the US these days.  In my…

Intolerant notes

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Forcing people to fake respect for your choices is dangerous Pretty much everyone these days sees himself or herself as…

Not the Right appointment

14 September 2019 9:00 am

From President Eisenhower’s time in office to the end of President Obama’s, there were 27 vacancies on the Supreme Court…

Reasonable doubt about Pell

31 August 2019 9:00 am

I want to remind readers of the Speccie of a key premise – really it is a trade-off that we…