James Delingpole

Dave, you’re a disappointment – but there’s still time to change that

20 August 2011 12:00 am

Dear Dave, There are few things more annoying than when an old friend writes to tell you what a hash…

We’re destroying our countryside – and for what?

6 August 2011 12:00 am

By the time you read this I’ll be in the place that makes me happier than anywhere else in the world: a section of the Wye valley in beautiful mid-Wales, where I’ll spend every day paddling in streams and plunging in mill ponds and playing cockie-ollie in the bracken and wandering across the sunlit uplands, drinking in perhaps the finest view God ever created — the one across the Golden Valley towards the Black Mountains, and beyond that to the Brecon Beacons.

Are music festivals better with children?

23 July 2011 12:00 am

‘Dad, later, shall we go and see the Vaccines?’ says Boy.

A speech, a radio interview, and the strongest cannabis I’ve had for 15 years

9 July 2011 12:00 am

‘Would you like a smoke?’ says the dude with the ponytail.

Communitarianism is a freedom-hating totalitarian philosophy like any other

25 June 2011 12:00 am

The most unsettling aspect of modern politics is that the Enemy is no longer plain in view.

I’m on a cruise with lots of rich, conservative Americans. And it’s brilliant

11 June 2011 12:00 am

No, this isn’t one of those articles written after the event, where you only pretend you’re writing from an exotic dateline but you’ve actually since got home.

There will never be justice if we leave it to lawyers

28 May 2011 12:00 am

The big question this week is: ‘Should Giles Coren be bound, gagged, shackled and sentenced to life imprisonment in the torture block of the sexual offenders’ wing of Black Beach maximum security prison in Equatorial Guinea, there to become the plaything of Mad “Mamba” Mbigawanga, the Man-Rapist Giant of Malabo?’ Well, obviously, when you put it like that, the answer’s obvious.

Magnificent young men are ready to die for us, but that doesn’t mean we should let them

14 May 2011 12:00 am

I’m in Dallas, Texas, for a Heritage Foundation conference when who should march into my hotel but a battalion of US marines, ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan.

If only I’d known when I was younger that my background was my greatest strength

23 April 2011 12:00 am

One of the things I’ve belatedly realised now I’ve acquired the wisdom of age is that I’ve always been anti-establishment.

Blogging’s not a job – it’s an expensive addiction

16 April 2011 12:00 am

It’s about two years since my old friend Damian Thompson approached me with a couple of yellowish rocks and a pipe and said: ‘Have a puff on this.

Britain’s state school system is a conspiracy against the public

2 April 2011 12:00 am

The other day Girl’s class found themselves with time to spare in the vast play area behind the Imperial War Museum.

Why don’t we stand up for our freedom to drive?

19 March 2011 12:00 am

The Fawn came up to me the other day in a state of extreme agitation: she’d been listening to George Monbiot on the radio.

Liking the cut of Rommel’s uniform doesn’t make you a Nazi

5 March 2011 12:00 am

‘Oh Daddy, please can I have that Nazi eagle badge.

If homeopathy is just water and sugar pills, why do doctors get so upset about it?

19 February 2011 12:00 am

Just because you’re a hypochondriac doesn’t mean you’re not suffering from an obscure and terrible disease which is going to kill you very horribly.

I thought I was having a Nobel laureate for tea. Instead, the BBC had me for lunch

5 February 2011 12:00 am

Last week I was stitched up like a kipper by the BBC. Perhaps you saw the programme — a Horizon documentary called Science Under Attack. Perhaps you were even among the dozens whom it inspired to send me hate emails along the lines of, ‘Ha ha. Think you know more about science than a Nobel prizewinner do you? Idiot!’ Perhaps it’s time I set the record straight.

Sometimes, freedom requires doing your homework

22 January 2011 12:00 am

‘Have you heard about the vast Libertarian conspiracy? We’re going to take over the government — and then leave you alone!’ This is the kind of joke that makes me proud to be libertarian, as a lot of the wisest, funniest and best people are these days, from Kelsey Grammer to Clint Eastwood to Trey Parker from South Park.

Am I offending the wrong Americans?

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Q. Why did God give liberals annoying, whiny voices? A. So that even the blind could hate them.

Would I be a better novelist if I found my inner Trollope?

18 December 2010 12:00 am

Some of you are going to be appalled that it has taken me till now to read Trollope’s Autobiography.

Freedom starts with plain speaking

11 December 2010 12:00 am

The Jeremy Vine show (BBC Radio 2) rang the other day to ask whether I’d come on and talk about the newly ennobled Tory peer Howard Flight’s remarks about ‘breeding’ and the underclass.

It’s getting lonely over here on the right

27 November 2010 12:00 am

In New York last week I was gobsmacked to discover I’d won the Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism. So gobsmacked that I hadn’t thought to prepare a magnanimous, funny victor’s speech, only a halting, rueful runner’s-up one.

I’d take Lord Curzon over Gandhi – and so would many Indians

13 November 2010 12:00 am

In India last week I found myself thinking about Mohandas Gandhi and his famous quote when asked what he thought about western civilisation.

Life’s too short to be nice to lefties

30 October 2010 12:00 am

James Delingpole says You Know It Makes Sense

I’m sure Richard Curtis doesn’t really want to kill my children. Well, I say that …

16 October 2010 12:00 am

For some time now I’ve had this idea for a running gag in a comedy sketch series.

How I provoked the wrath of Mumsnet

2 October 2010 12:00 am

James Delingpole says You Know It Makes Sense

Eat local organic food if you like, but don’t kid yourself that it’s ‘green’

18 September 2010 12:00 am

James Delingpole says You Know It Makes Sense