Lionel Shriver

Asians are doing too well – they must be stopped

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Riddle: when is discrimination against a historically disadvantaged racial minority perfectly legal? Answer: when they do too well. The first…

The world is stuck in a debt trap

28 September 2019 9:00 am

I don’t usually get up early just for an appointment at a bank. Yet last Tuesday in New York, I…

Britain’s political system is broken. America’s isn’t

14 September 2019 9:00 am

American liberals perceive it as a jarring inconsistency: my opposition to Trump and support for Brexit. Especially outside the UK,…

Don’t blame snowflakes – grown-ups are the idiots

31 August 2019 9:00 am

San Francisco must be the virtue capital of the world. (The latest: just across the bay, Berkeley’s city council voted…

Don't blame the West for the climate emergency

17 August 2019 9:00 am

When last week’s IPCC report warned that the human race may soon have trouble feeding itself, my reaction was: duh.…

All money is dirty – but it can still be used for good

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Whitney museum: no space for profiteers of state violence // dismantle patriarchy // warren kanders must go! // supreme injustice…

The best response to hate speech is free speech

20 July 2019 9:00 am

There’s a broad mainstream consensus on both sides of the Atlantic: Trump’s tweet telling four hard-left minority Congresswomen to ‘go…

The Democratic debates are proving to be the perfect advert for Trump

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I have plenty of shamefaced company in having rashly predicted, as pundits are warned never to do, that Donald Trump…

Are trigger warnings triggering people?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

An author of spoofy, light-hearted mysteries, my friend Ruth Dudley Edwards has had unusual difficulty completing her new novel, Death…

No exaggeration: Hyperbole makes words worthless

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Saturday night, a guest commentator on Sky News sputtered that Donald Trump has ‘normalised white supremacy’. Once the American President…

Adversity is the new diversity – and it disadvantages everyone

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Like all attempts to take a shortcut to social justice, this advantaging of one group will disadvantage others

Feminism has succeeded – so why don’t we call it quits?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

You would think that the British Film Institute’s sponsorship of a month-long festival celebrating some of the most memorable female…

We’re all self-haters now

27 April 2019 9:00 am

As an American coming of age at the fag end of the 1960s, I celebrated self-loathing. Everything about the United…

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Dear Remainer parliament: you won. Now revoke Article 50 – if you dare

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Dear Remainer parliament. Although we’re the voters who spurned the petition for this very course of action, we the undersigned…

Imagine the uproar if Remain had won, but MPs then made Britain leave

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s worth addressing what didn’t happen. For one exasperating aspect of appearing on television news is leaving the studio…

Forgive the IRA and we must forgive the Bloody Sunday soldiers too

14 March 2019 9:00 am

In my 2010 short story ‘Prepositions’, a woman has lost her husband not in 9/11 but on 9/11 — when…

Why I hate ‘the n-word’

2 March 2019 9:00 am

One of the depressing aspects of writing a column attuned to social hypocrisy is so rarely running short of new…

Virginia governor Ralph Northam, who is facing calls to resign after admitting he had worn blackface [WIN McNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES]

Without forgiveness, we’re all doomed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Over Christmas, I digitised slides from my twenties. In many an unidentified photograph, I didn’t recognise the scene. Where was…

Why are we allowing ourselves to be held to ransom by has-been Irish militants?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

When politics goes round in circles, the columnist inevitably revisits issues that would have been sorted if only everyone read…

Publishers must push back against the baying Twitter mob

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Suppose you’re a writer with a self-destructive proclivity for sticking your neck out. Would you sign a book contract that…

The reason migrants are fleeing 'war-torn' France

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Pitching your tent for weeks on end in the cold and mud, with no power or plumbing. Running in a…

You can’t possibly hate cyclists more than they hate each other

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’ve cycled for primary transportation for 53 years. Accordingly, I’m not naive about the degree of resentment — nay, loathing…

Will racial blending undermine identity politics? Let's hope so

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Behold, the most incendiary statistic in America: the Census Bureau’s projection of when whites will become a minority in what…

Jazz is dominated by men. So what?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

I’d recommend any aspiring writer to marry a jazz drummer. It’s done wonders for my powers of concentration. If I…

Trump is right about many things, which is why he must be stopped

10 November 2018 9:00 am

At my lecture in Sheffield last week, the final question in an otherwise temperate Q&A was antagonistic. My last Spectator…