Guest Notes

Dis-con notes

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Decision time Recent events make it necessary for us Dis-Cons to ask where things now stand. Despite ever-mounting evidence against…

Trumpian notes

15 April 2017 9:00 am

My phone rings; a name flashes across the screen. Giorgio. ‘It’s done,’ he says in his husky Greek accent. With…

Smoker’s notes

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Well, it’s finally happened. A life of debilitating asthma and six years of chain-smoking unfiltered cigarettes have finally come to…

Conservative notes

1 April 2017 9:00 am

O’Sullivan’s Law & the Ramsay Centre John O’Sullivan is a British journalist, one time editor of the US’s National Review,…

Terrorism notes

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Nothing to do with Islam Westminster attacker acted alone and motive may never be known. Well, that settles it. That…

Del-con notes

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Terry, you’re wrong… My esteemed fellow Speccie contributor Terry Barnes last week offered some advice to the federal Coalition based…

Deplorable notes

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Researching for my last piece on Enoch Powell, I was more than a little amused to read about the abuse…

Booze notes

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Boycotting the marketplace of ideas For many years now, Coopers Pale Ale has been the favourite drink of Australia’s progressives.…

Racial notes

11 March 2017 9:00 am

I’m offended by… 18c According to the human rights bureaucrats and multicultural industry lobbyists who have opposed any changes to…

US talk circuit

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Hating trump The talk circuit has started up again in Manhattan, and the good news is that, unusually, Australia featured…

Dis-con notes

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The next abbott ministry (part ii) On November 19 (‘Dis-Con Notes: The Next Abbott Ministry’) I canvassed prerequisites for the…

Immigration notes

25 February 2017 9:00 am

February 8 was Enoch Powell’s death day, God rest him. I observed it by reading his Collected Poems, a stately…

Australian notes

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Tim wilson is wrong In this past Saturday’s Inquirer page, Liberal MP Tim Wilson – former Commissioner in the Australian…

Jewish notes

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Bob hawke’s conditional friendship In Bob Hawke’s recent article (Australian Financial Review, 13 February) he claims that it is a…

Conservative notes

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Conservatism is the new Punk The other day, I logged onto eBay and ordered a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.…

Deplorable notes

18 February 2017 9:00 am

First, an apology. In my cover story last week (‘The Cory revolution’) I implied that Miranda Devine supported the Turnbull…

Brexit notes

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Things have changed Only Harrogate, York and Leeds voted Remain in the European Referendum in Yorkshire last year. This was…

Deplorable notes

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Welcome-ish news from the Australian last week: ‘With the Syrian rebel front crumbling under the combined might of a Russian…

Australian notes

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Invasion of the farm snatchers As part of its curious strategy of attacking its base, the Turnbull government seems intent…

Deplorable notes

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Commentators here in America called President Trump’s (sweet Jesus, does that sound good) inauguration speech ‘dark’, proving again their own…

Inauguration notes

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The Worst President When it was said that Malcolm Turnbull is the worst Australian Liberal Prime Minister since Sir William…

Australian notes

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I’ve just returned from my fifth trip to Israel in the last decade. It prompted me to recall a conversation…

Deplorable notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Which was the most tragic celebrity casualty of 2016? Was it George Michael, the most gifted queer since William Shakespeare?…

Obama notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Stabbing an ally in the back   After so injudiciously ratifying the Paris climate agreement on the very day Donald…

Australian notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm the Fission Fiasco I don’t agree with all those many right-of-centre commentators who think the current Prime Minister, Mr…