Rod Liddle

Rod Liddle is associate editor of The Spectator. He writes a weekly column in the magazine, as well as contributing to The Sunday Times and The Sun.

The sorry state of the modern apology

31 July 2021 9:00 am

I think I would like to apologise for this article in case someone who reads it takes offence. I will…

Will England pull out of the World Cup?

24 July 2021 9:00 am

I wonder if the moral guardians of our country — the England football team — intend to participate in the…

What did the Romans ever do for us?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is planning to install a statue of John Chilembwe in Trafalgar Square. Mr Chilembwe…

England had it and they threw it away

12 July 2021 8:50 am

England 1 (Shaw) Italy 1 (swarthy cheat) England had it and threw it away. Much the better side in the…

Is there anyone more irritating and stupid than Bobby Gillespie?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Grade: B– Is there anyone in rock music more irritating and stupid than Bobby Gillespie? The rawk’n’roll leather-jacketed self-mythologiser. The…

Why the mangling of language matters

10 July 2021 9:00 am

I thought that this week I would share with you a bunch of words and phrases which are currently overused…

The political baggage of moving house

3 July 2021 9:00 am

We are currently house-hunting — please let me know if you have one going spare. We are looking for a…

Whiny, polite and beautiful: Kings of Convenience's Peace or Love reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Grade: A– The problem with Norwegians is that they are so relentlessly, mind-numbingly pleasant. Well, OK, not Knut Hamsun or…

Keir Starmer’s days are numbered

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I think Keir’s had it. This may not discomfort you terribly, I know. Still less the fact that Labour will…

Euros 2021: England are easily the most boring side in the tournament

20 June 2021 3:32 am

England 0 Scotland 0 Hungary 1 (Fiola) France 1 (Griezmann) The wonderful Hungarians almost took my mind off England’s lamentable…

A breath of fresh airwaves

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A couple of decades back the Radio Society asked me to moderate a debate for its summer festival. ‘Between who?’…

Annoying but good: Black Midi's Cavalcade reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Grade: A– Imagine a really disgusting and immoral scientific experiment in which the members of Weather Report, the Mahavishnu Orchestra,…

My advice to Gareth Southgate

12 June 2021 9:00 am

This is a difficult issue to raise on the eve of a major football tournament, but as a progressive individual…

Big Tech is turning into Big Brother

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The Big Tech social media giants are having to rethink their policy of censoring anybody who suggests that Covid originated…

My plan for Belarus

29 May 2021 9:00 am

A terrible thing, to be torn. Last Sunday was International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, a very painful condition affecting…

The Byrds without the drugs: Teenage Fanclub's Endless Arcade reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Grade: B– Advancing age has smoothed the edges of Bellshill’s finest lads, once — back in the early 1990s —…

Why I spoilt my ballot paper

15 May 2021 9:00 am

The headline ‘Government to allow people to hug’ one might have expected to hear on early evening news bulletins in…

Who is more upset about Labour's results: Starmer or the BBC?

9 May 2021 6:00 pm

It’s not just the Labour Party which is institutionally incapable of understanding why the Conservative Party kicked the hell out…

The problem with Britain’s mental health

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Experts tell us that we are facing a mental health ‘time bomb’ in the UK, partly as a consequence of…

Tom Jones is as nuanced a vocalist as Ian Paisley

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Grade: C Revisionism has been extraordinarily kind to Tom Jones, ever since he barked his way through Prince’s ‘Kiss’ with…

Football’s billionaires will always win

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Who’s afraid of capitalism and football?

Demi Lovato makes Taylor Swift resemble Dostoevsky

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Grade: Z If you wish to experience the full hideousness of Now, of our current age, condensed into one awful…

How I’ll remember Shirley Williams

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Shortly after the news of Prince Philip’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace, a woman called Karen Geier tweeted the…

The dilemma of vaccination

10 April 2021 9:00 am

We have a government which is basically libertarian in its instincts, despite its current affection for telling us what we…

Why will nobody publish my religious cartoons?

3 April 2021 9:00 am

I am having very little success in getting my collection of cartoons of great religious founders published. Perhaps it is…