Michael Davis

Christianity, public life and the Thomas Moore option

23 April 2017 3:13 pm

I’ve always had a soft spot for Britain’s Liberal Democrats. Our tryst began in 2014, when ex-leader Nick Clegg sent…

Ba’athism or Islamism?

18 April 2017 10:00 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Thought experiment: what if NATO deposed Assad, installed a democracy in Syria… and the public voted…

Trumping Putin at his own game

8 April 2017 4:03 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — If you want proof that humans evolved from apes, listen to teenaged boys laughing. Even when…

Trump’s strike: a move even peaceniks should back

7 April 2017 3:08 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Donald Trump’s strike on a Syrian airbase marks the United States’ first direct act of aggression against…

Oh Malcolm, Malcolm, Malcolm…

6 April 2017 12:43 pm

Winston Churchill said of Ramsay MacDonald, Britain’s first Labour PM: I remember when I was a child, being taken to…

Let’s bomb the crap out of North Korea

5 April 2017 12:40 pm

By no means am I one of those American ‘neo-conservatives’ who’d liberate every tin-pot dictatorship at gunpoint. If some people…

Why I can’t get excited by science

27 March 2017 7:22 am

God knows why, but I found myself browsing that Humans of New York website yesterday. Terrible site. It’s basically emotional…

The abolition of women

23 March 2017 4:00 pm

I’m a bit turned-around on a rather major point of public discourse, dear reader, and am hoping you might walk…

Bannon 2024

20 March 2017 7:38 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The House Freedom Caucus is up in arms about President Trump’s Obamacare reform bill. While he…

Earth has not anything to show more fair…

19 March 2017 8:39 am

Over at Breitbart’s London Bureau, there’s a roughish, floppy-haired giant of a fogey named Oliver J.J. Lane. Red-pants’d and boater-hat’d,…

Punk rock conservatism? Pretty vacant…

14 March 2017 7:35 am

My dear darling Daisy, Thank you for your lovely letter. Please understand, when I say you’re not a conservative, it’s…

Newspoll: the Liberals, not just Turnbull, are the problem

28 February 2017 11:10 am

With the latest Newspoll showing the Coalition trailing Labor 45 to 55 2PP and One Nation at ten percent otherwise, a mob…

The Liberal Party is beyond help

26 February 2017 4:08 pm

It probably doesn’t matter what I think, but the best course now is for Cory Bernardi and the Australian Conservatives…

Milo Yiannopoulos: too dangerous

22 February 2017 7:28 am

When it was revealed that Milo Yiannopoulos endorsed sexual relationships between old men and boys as young as 13 (yes…

Punk rock conservatism is bollocks

20 February 2017 5:55 pm

The idea that Trump’s ascendancy has made conservatism a ‘counter-culture’ has been put forward by several right-leaning persons I admire…

Chekists aren’t our chums

16 February 2017 7:31 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Am I nuts? I feel like I might be nuts. On the one hand, unlike Tony…

That dinner, that beat up, that … yawn

14 February 2017 5:11 pm

‘Notorious controversialists make controversial remarks at controversial fundraiser’ is the lamest news story in a year already chock full of lame news stories. It…

Are you a conservative, or a Liberal Party diehard?

8 February 2017 12:41 pm

Since the formation of the Australian Conservatives, many of my hand-to-God conservative mates have been passing around a quote from…

No one loses from the Cory caper

6 February 2017 9:13 am

Since Tony Abbott’s ouster, the Liberal bosses’ efforts to purge conservatives from power has been in stark defiance to global…

Worst. Phone call. Evah. Really?

2 February 2017 4:08 pm

It’s impossible to say for sure whether this business about a phone call between Turnbull and Trump is true. It smacks of…

Trump is simply following John Howard over borders

31 January 2017 7:23 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The anti-Trump alarmism is getting a bit tiresome. At this point, we have to assume the…

Another wrong note from the Australian Republican Movement

26 January 2017 9:16 pm

My compliments to the Australian Republican Movement for their smashing new advert. It was heartening to see so many Australians…

Muslim misogyny and the West

20 January 2017 7:35 am

If you haven’t already, do yourself a favour and watch the France 24 clip on Muslim misogyny Rita Panahi posted on her Herald…

About that Australia Day billboard…

19 January 2017 7:30 am

So. About this Australia Day-hijab-billboard thing. A billboard promoting Australia Day celebrations that featured two girls in hijabs has been…

Nationalism or neo-liberalism, just sell your case better

16 January 2017 1:06 pm

Surely you’ve all seen Tony Abbott’s punchy op-ed in The Australian, and the wee tiff it’s sparked within the Liberal government. In case not, here’s…