James Allan

Australian notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm the Fission Fiasco I don’t agree with all those many right-of-centre commentators who think the current Prime Minister, Mr…

When did aristocracy come back into vogue?

9 December 2016 7:13 am

Listen these days to some of the world’s elite politicians, commentators and officials pontificate and you’d think you were living…

Trump, Turnbull & Abbott

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Let’s say you’ve recently been hired to earn a living as an opinion piece writer for a newspaper. Let’s really…

When bias is patently clear

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Here is journalist Rex Murphy of Canada’s National Post calling out the patent bias of so many journalists and opinion…

Cartoons are forever

12 November 2016 9:00 am

From the outside few observers would have guessed that this is where so many of their taxpayers’ dollars had been…

Conservative notes

5 November 2016 9:00 am

And they wonder why their supporters are deserting them… The whole 18C hate-speech saga is now verging on the pathetic.…

Conservative Notes

29 October 2016 9:00 am

You’d be hard pressed to be overly optimistic about the state of conservative politics in the developed English-speaking world right…

Provincial notes

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull was right. Let the states tax us Go and teach a constitutional law course in my native Canada and…

Australian notes

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Brexit, abbott, latham and team turnbull I just learned a fascinating fact. Apparently the voters in Britain actually voted to…

Hypocrisy and free speech in sports

10 September 2016 9:00 am

For those of you who don’t follow US sports, let me tell you that there is currently a big brouhaha…

Time to sign up for free speech

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The sorry state of free speech in this country appears to concern a lot of people in this country. The…

Australian notes

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull’s betrayal on 18c Okay, let’s stop pretending that the Liberal Party has a deep commitment to free speech. We’re…

Those upper house blues

19 August 2016 7:28 am

Here’s a question for all you readers.  Of course I don’t expect anyone who’s gone through an Australian high school…

Why go into politics?

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The state of politics here, and in the United Kingdom, and in the United States, raises the question of why…

Australian notes

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Some readers may be wondering what it’s like to vote Labor for the first time. Okay, by ‘vote Labor’ I…

Groupthink in the media and political classes

7 July 2016 7:22 am

Never have so few done so little for so many. That more or less sums up our political class in…

How many like me?

5 July 2016 9:53 am

So to all those Liberal MPs, and perhaps to Barnaby Joyce and the Nats, here’s something you need to consider,…

Australian notes

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Brexit, 1381 ad, and Turnbull’s election Well, the Brits did it. They defied the warnings and threats from ‘I got…

Australian notes

25 June 2016 4:00 am

Brexit, Del-cons and Trumpkins Later this week it begins. The voters will have their say. First it will happen in…

The Super Debate (cont’d)

18 June 2016 9:00 am

One of the joys of writing for this publication is that it is such a broad church. And that’s the…


11 June 2016 9:00 am

Around the world in 280 hours for work. Jules Verne would have been proud of me. In Britain, I arrived…

Elementary, my dear Henry

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The superannuation changes are clearly retrospective

Super bad

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The Turnbull government is hellbent on introducing changes that are anti-Liberal

Leaving the dance with the one who brought you

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull’s Liberals have forgotten a wise old adage


16 April 2016 9:00 am

Have you got what it takes to join the latest ‘irrelevant’ conservative political group?