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.

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The new, acceptable face of racism

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Exactly a year ago this week I was at a dinner party when a famous opinion pollster leaned over to…

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How moderate are moderate Muslims?

23 April 2016 9:00 am

‘What’s in the news this week?’ I asked my wife as she browsed the first newspaper we had seen for…

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Whoever invented the referendum deserves a kicking

9 April 2016 9:00 am

My favourite quote of the year so far comes from the author Fay Weldon. ‘If this were an all-woman society,’…

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Why I feel compelled to defend Boris

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I got Boris Johnson into trouble once, without meaning to. The two of us had been driven hither and thither…

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Could a pot of yoghurt defeat David Cameron?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

I do not know if it has officially been measured, but my guess is that Christine Shawcroft, a member of…

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Why Joan Bakewell must be right about anorexia

19 March 2016 9:00 am

You can always tell when a public figure has said something with the ring of truth about it by the…

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What makes the white working class angry? Twits like Hsiao-Hung Pai

19 March 2016 9:00 am

This is a quite remarkable book. Badly written, devoid of anything even vaguely approaching a methodology, patronising, hideously mistaken on…

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How Britain deports the wrong people – and only the wrong people

12 March 2016 9:00 am

We can’t get rid of jihadis, sex-gang ringleaders and drug lords – so we try to deport old ladies

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What do all these evil maniacs have in common?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

More bad publicity for the Islamic State’s ‘Kafir Tiny Tots and Babycare Service’. A burka-clad madwoman wandering through the streets…

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Why are children in Guernsey extolling Islam to their parents?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

I have never been to the island of Guernsey. This is a large world and we have a finite amount…

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Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…

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Beyoncé at the Super Bowl? I prefer the anti-racists of Millwall

13 February 2016 9:00 am

My most thrilling moment of 2016 so far — aside from watching a smug-looking woman carrying a copy of the Guardian…

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I want to see President Trump – if only because of who he’d annoy

6 February 2016 9:00 am

I suppose spite and schadenfreude are thinnish reasons, intellectually, for wishing Donald Trump to become the next American president (and…

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If you’re stupid enough to let migrants in, at least treat them as people

30 January 2016 9:00 am

We were on our way to a party in south-east London when my friend, Rob, saw the graffiti. Sprayed with…

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I hate to admit it, but Spike Lee is right about the Oscars and racism

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In 2017 it will be exactly 50 years since a dapper Sidney Poitier announced to Rod Steiger, in the excellent…

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David Bowie once praised Hitler… but he was always changing his tune

16 January 2016 9:00 am

I was desperately worried that you hadn’t read or heard enough platitudinous drivel about David Bowie — and therefore felt…

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Why we have to stand by foul, brutal Saudi Arabia

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The Saudis have got the new year off to a busy start, haven’t they? The authorities executed 47 people, including…

Is this a circle?

The political wisdom of people who don’t even know what a circle is

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Why are liberals morons? I’m sure that this question has rattled around your mind before, perhaps when watching one of…

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Two socialist triumphs (one of them for Marine Le Pen)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it was to see two socialist parties triumph in the most recent elections. First, Labour increased its…

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Fat-shaming works. Why else would I heave myself up and down hills for hours every day?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

We have been contemplating moving to the North, for a variety of unassailable reasons. One is the chance to gloat…

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Why don’t the French bomb Belgium?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

I am always open to spiritual guidance from any quarter, all the more so if that guidance is of practical…

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It’s not just the Russians – there is no morality in top-level sport

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Why do transgendered people need separate toilets? I thought, according to the prevalent orthodoxy, that the new gender they had…

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The ME lobby is just a symptom of our stupidity about mental illness

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Do you ever wake up worried that you have tiny fibres growing beneath your skin, all along your spinal column?…

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The hatred that Martin Amis and Jeremy Corbyn have in common

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Everyone loves an underdog. It doesn’t matter how incompetent they might be — indeed, incompetence works in their favour. You…

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On migration, my adversary Simon Schama doesn’t even have an argument

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Sooner or later, in this trade, one runs out of television historians to antagonise. I am doggedly working my way…