Michael Davis

The right write stuff: a conservative literature primer

28 October 2016 1:08 pm

Adelaide Sunday Mail columnist Peter Goers has written a hit-piece on his fellow News Corp scribbler, the precocious Caleb Bond, which he…

How the left created Donald Trump

25 October 2016 7:18 am

Regardless of who wins the American presidential election, the most interesting and constructive question surrounding this grim circus can already…

Nobel notes

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Bob Dylan won this year’s Nobel Prize, ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.’ Which…

Sydney University’s female trouble

21 October 2016 6:08 pm

It’s perhaps the single greatest prank in the history of University of Sydney student politics. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:…

The Trump and Judy show

10 October 2016 6:52 pm

Clinton: ‘It’s a good thing that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law…

Further Syrian notes

19 September 2016 5:52 pm

My article in this week’s Speccie took a look at important developments in the Syrian civil war: the US-led coalition’s decision to put regime…

Prometheus unbound, politics undone

5 September 2016 1:50 pm

Rod Dreher, the American traditionalist journo, has just published an important blog post that Aussie conservatives would do well to…

Modest mantillas and bashful burqinis: same difference

30 August 2016 7:19 am

New tripe on the burqini ban, this time from Jennifer Oriel: “When the Syrian city of Manbij was liberated from Islamic State, women burned…

Richer, safer, healthier, vacuous, lost and depraved

26 August 2016 3:20 pm

Sixteen years or so too late, but I’m presently inhaling Peter Hitchens’s The Abolition of Britain. Though a diehard Hitchensonian…

The real Gosford Anglican Church outrage

22 August 2016 7:49 pm

None of us are wanting for a reason to abhor Nick Folkes’s stunt at the Gosford Anglican Church. It was…

#blackfathersmatter

17 August 2016 7:56 am

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is recovering from brutal rioting. The unrest grew out of protests over the death of Sylville K. Smith,…

Faster – higher – stronger – more politically correct

12 August 2016 7:35 am

I’ve been an avid fencer since prep school. Back then I wore the whole get-up – the jacket, the mask,…

The conservative case against an Abbott return

1 August 2016 11:33 pm

They say a man’s always promoted to his highest level of incompetence, and Australian voters saw to that in 2013.…

The PM and the common touch

14 July 2016 11:40 pm

It truly pains me to say this, but Niki Savva was quite right (Ah! Where are those pills?) Niki Savva…

How Malcolm’s mates let him down

4 July 2016 11:28 am

As I type, Malcolm Turnbull’s media allies are no doubt gearing up to blame the ‘Del-Cons’ for the humiliating defeat…

Will July 2 give us a dinky-di UKIP of our own?

30 June 2016 12:52 am

The most intriguing and under-reported titbit that emerged from last year’s #libspill came in the form of an offhand comment…

Australian notes

4 June 2016 9:00 am

I love Malcolm, but where is he when you need him?   ‘This isn’t the Malcolm Turnbull Australians thought they…

Multicultural notes

21 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Once upon a time there was a kingdom where people of all races and nationalities got along in perfect peace…

Conservative notes

7 May 2016 9:00 am

I’m not going to survive much more of this Republican Primary. It’s not the infighting, the blowharding, or the underhandedness…

Forget the republic, bring back the monarchy

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister, to absolutely no-one’s surprise, has no plans to observe the Queen’s ninetieth birthday next month. Well, that’s…

Trump Derangement Syndrome

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Have you heard of Bush Derangement Syndrome? Though only first diagnosed in 2003 by Dr Charles Krauthammer, an American psychiatrist…

Bush notes

27 February 2016 9:00 am

‘Most dynasties are defined and circumscribed by region,’ goes a 2001 op-ed in the Washington Post. ‘The Roosevelts rode as…

Primary notes

30 January 2016 9:00 am

My heart sank when I read the PM arrived in Washington, DC just a few days after I left. God…

An Aussie Trump?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It was as if an occult hand, glutted on Yuletide spoils and reports from the frontlines of the War on…

Clash of uncivilisations

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Aussie conservatives, it’s time to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Malcolm Bligh Turnbull’s just put us to…