James Allan

Why go into politics?

30 July 2016 9:00 am

There must be more to it than limos and perks. Or maybe not.


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…

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 9:00 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

On self-interest, principle and ‘fairness’


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?

Flagging interest

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Given the choice, the Kiwis may end up preferring the Union Jack after all

Fool’s gold

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The Australian Law Reform Commission is wrong.

Chasing the latte vote

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Across the anglosphere, right of centre parties are ignoring their core supporters

Betting on, er, Trump

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The appeal of a rude, narcissistic reality TV star cannot be under-estimated

The road to bigger government spending

30 January 2016 9:00 am

‘Off the table’ is no bad thing

Triggs-er warning

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The president of the Human Rights Commission must live in a moral galaxy far, far away

Motherhood, apple pie and reform

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Changes are not necessarily genuine reform

Pierre’s progeny

31 October 2015 9:00 am

The return of a Trudeau promises the start of a Canadian dynasty, and a lot of bouncing taxpayers’ cheques

Cost benefit analysis of a coup

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Australia needs to take a careful look at its new PM-slaying political culture

Turnbull vs evolution

26 September 2015 9:00 am

Conservative antipathy to Malcolm Turnbull isn’t an economic question, it’s an evolutionary one

I come to praise Tony, not to bury him

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Despite the flaws, Tony Abbott was a proper conservative

Raving right-wingery?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Run through the Abbott government’s charge sheet and there’s not much evidence of the ‘rabid’ right

It’s the swill, stupid

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The Australian parliamentary system is blocking much-needed

Wrong diagnosis, again

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Raising the GST will make the problem worse, not better

Steyin’ alive

18 July 2015 9:00 am

What are the odds that one of the world’s best political commentators happens to be an expert on the songs…