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Confusion, snobbery and Pegida – a letter from Dresden

31 January 2015
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Sachsenschweine — Saxon pigs — said the graffiti as my train moved out of Berlin on its way to Dresden. Germany is not as monolithic as it can seem: not… Read more

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Knight takes Abbott

31 January 2015

Of all the potent weapons we never expected to see draw blood from lifelong political battler Tony Abbott, ridicule was surely at the top of the list. Mr Abbott has… Read more

31 January 2015

The Queen has conferred knighthoods on the Americans Bill Gates and Norman Schwarzkopf. She appointed South Africa’s Nelson Mandela to the Order of Merit (along with John Howard.) Prince Philip… Read more

No Aussie knighthood for Winston

31 January 2015

January marked fifty years since the passing of Winston Churchill. In commenting on the anniversary, Prime Minister Tony Abbott recalled what Sir Robert Menzies said at the funeral in 1965:… Read more

Don’t poke fun at the terrorists

31 January 2015

On Thursday July 3, 2014, the Jakarta Post, an English-language paper with a circulation of around 40,000, published a cartoon in its daily print edition. It was a few days… Read more

The viper lurking in our bosom

31 January 2015

During my recent visit to Australia, as I advocated for Project Rozana, the Israeli-Palestinian health mission, I also delivered lectures on Islamism. For many years I have held a publicly… Read more

Coolies sold down the river by the bamboo ceiling

31 January 2015

Believe it or not, the purpose of publishing the ‘Daily Life’ section of the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald is not to justify shutting down all university departments that… Read more

Censorship guide

31 January 2015

Here is a wee little guide for all of you people who work for the ABC, or Get-Up!, or the Australian Human Rights Commission, or who happen to be some… Read more

31 January 2015

Non pas Charlie Sir: Like many people I too was shocked and horrified at the attack on the staff of Charlie Hebdo and other French nationals. I too said and… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

31 January 2015

The ghost of a long-dead Sydney stockbroking firm is hexing Queensland Liberal-National Premier Campbell Newman in the closing stages of his State election campaign. He and his deputy Jeff Seeney… Read more

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Culture buff

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Possibly in the most beautiful setting of any theatre in the world, Sydney’s Wharf Theatre saw its first performances 30 years ago. On 17 January 1985, the Sydney Theatre Company… Read more

Calling the Green party socialist is an insult to socialists

31 January 2015
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The Green party has been likened to a watermelon: green on the outside and red on the inside. But that is to do a huge injustice to generations of socialists… Read more

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Home Party leaders mercilessly launched 100 days of campaigning before the general election on 7 May. David Cameron, the Conservative leader, said he would reduce the annual maximum household receipt… Read more

Nigel Farage

31 January 2015
Ukip's Nigel Farage Campaigns Before European Elections

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had a drink, and you should see what that means for… Read more

31 January 2015

Female bishops The Reverend Libby Lane was ordained as Bishop of Stockport, the Church of England’s first female bishop. — By the time the first 32 female C of E… Read more

Syriza could have learned from Aristophanes. Instead it's headed for Greek tragedy

31 January 2015

The German chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her desire for Greece to remain part of the European ‘story’. Since Greeks — together with the Romans and Jews — actually created that story… Read more

From the archives

31 January 2015
Crowds attack a German business in Poplar High Street in the East End of London, 1915 Photo: Getty

From ‘Reprisals’, The Spectator, 30 January 1915: There has been a tendency among some newspapers, and perhaps still more among private persons, to demand that the murder of non-combatants on… Read more

31 January 2015

What’s a degree worth? Sir: Mark Mason’s article (‘Uni’s out’, 24 January) hits the nail on the head. A brief addendum: it is generally stated that graduates earn more over a… Read more

'Black,' 'coloured', 'BME' - any kind of label is essentially racist. It's time to move on

31 January 2015
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How should we refer to non-white people, and foreigners in general, given that of course we do sometimes need to mention them, perhaps over dinner in White’s or when mulling… Read more

Do I really care about Ebola? Do you? Does Oxfam?

31 January 2015
Liberia turns towards normalcy as fight continues to eradicate Ebola Photo: Getty

It’s strange how quickly we all forgot about Ebola. Speak for yourself, you might say — and I will. Until a friend sent me a report this week on the… Read more

The hottest year on which record?

31 January 2015
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Did you know that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded in the entire history of the world? Probably you did because it’s been all over the papers. Not only… Read more

What’s good about austerity (whatever the Greeks think)

31 January 2015
New Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Photo: Getty

The only question I remember from my Oxford moral philosophy paper was ‘What is integrity and is it a virtue?’ In the margins of all the politicking that follows the… Read more

Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015
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Napoleon notoriously preferred his generals to be lucky — and on that score at least, he would have approved of David Cameron. The triumph of the Syriza party in Greece… Read more