Mark Higgie

Euro notes

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Europe’s rightward drift Two of the great issues which animated the woke EU establishment until recently were hatred of Donald…

Euro notes

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Woke juggernaut gets the wobbles It often feels as if the woke Left is omnipotent, razing all before it as…

‘Crackpot’ lab leak theory suddenly ‘feasible’

4 June 2021 12:00 pm

What a difference a year makes. Sir Richard Dearlove, the MI6 chief (‘C’) from 1999 to 2004, was first interviewed on the UK’s excellent Planet Normal podcast almost exactly a year ago. His…

Euro notes

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Reds under the downing street beds Two unorthodox senior advisors to Number 10 deserve attention. The first and most prominent…

Euro notes

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s eco-road to ruin The results of Scotland’s elections next week will dominate British politics for the foreseeable future.…

Euro notes

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Europe’s political cross-dressers A good Tony Abbott story is that early during his time as an MP, he did a…

Euro notes

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Boris & the nightmare of Lady MacStalin After Alex Salmond, Scotland’s former first minister, claimed his successor Nicola Sturgeon had…

Euro notes

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Ursula Fond o’ Lyin’ Odd policy choices continue to bedevil Boris Johnson’s government. Almost a year after Australia started putting…

Euro notes

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Brexit Boost for Boris Having won a thumping majority a year ago, Boris Johnson keeps squandering the early, widespread good…

Euro notes

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Europe’s woke Iron Curtain Who could have predicted that the gulf between Europe’s west and east would still be there…

Euro wuflu notes

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Lonely Goatherd immunity While Australia has spent much of 2020 establishing Iron Curtain border regimes, Europe’s bewildering and ever-changing internal…

Euro notes

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Half-hearted Tory Spare a thought for the UK’s embattled lamb producers. How long will it be, they are wondering, until…

China notes

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Ducking Peking ASoviet-era joke had someone visiting the part of the commu- nist bureaucracy which issued permission to move your…

Trade notes

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Boris picks a real Tory In his two years as prime minister, Tony Abbott achieved more to help Australia’s exporters…

Euro notes

15 August 2020 9:00 am

How dangerous for Boris is Nigel? The first anniversary of Boris Johnson’s prime ministership didn’t bring him good news. Firstly,…

Euro notes

27 June 2020 9:00 am

How DFAT (yet again) let us down Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s robust initiative in leading the call for an independent…

Euro notes

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Two countries divided by a common pandemic In late 1970, British prime minister Ted Heath learnt that his Australian counterpart…

Euro notes

8 May 2020 11:00 pm

Europe’s bogus bogeyman The coronavirus pandemic is proving a tough time for the Left. The all-consuming focus on a real…

Euro notes

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Tories in the time of Coronavirus Who would have thought until a few weeks ago that Boris Johnson’s success over…

Euro notes

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Auf Wiedersehen, Willkommenspolitik What a difference five years makes. In the European summer of 2015, a huge wave of illegal…

London notes

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Drinking English champagne A visit to London to watch the end of Britain’s 47-year membership of the European project reveals…

So, how did I do?

16 December 2019 9:09 pm

Few tasks are more daunting than writing an election forecast which won’t appear in print until after the result; so…

England diary

16 November 2019 9:00 am

In two recent visits to England, the ostensibly Conservative government has allowed the Extinction Rebellion extremists to shut down central…

Euro notes

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Hungary rhapsody for Tony Abbott If only the voters of Warringah had been Hungarian. The land of goulash and paprika,…

Molotov’s poisonous cocktail

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Yesterday’s 80th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, the curtain-raiser for Hitler’s invasion of Poland a week later,…