Theresa May’s honours list makes me sick

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The BBC featured a gay wedding on Songs of Praise recently. Of course it did. The thinking was, I assume:…

Greece’s new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promises higher growth and lower taxes [Getty]

No ‘cool’ people here: the joys of Serifos

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Serifos He went away to fight and the war lasted ten years. He missed his wife but he didn’t worry…

Dangly earrings, hugs and controversy: here comes the new Bishop of Dover

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Dangly earrings, hugs and controversy: get ready for the Bishop of Dover

I admit it: I enjoyed the Women’s World Cup

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I was asked on to the BBC Today programme — my old manor — last week to talk about the…

Jeremy Corbyn with new MP Lisa Forbes after her victory in the Peterborough by-election (Getty)

We’ve been Rotherhamed

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I think we need a new source of ultimate evil for people taking part in political discussions, because Godwin’s Law…

The upsides of dementia: Forgetfulness can be a blessing

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Forgetfulness has its blessings

Rod Liddle: Tunnelling my way into Gaza

1 June 2019 9:00 am

I’m meant to be peering into a tunnel hacked out by Hamas a few hundred metres from Gaza City into…

I'm starting to have doubts about Nigel Farage

18 May 2019 9:00 am

The echo chamber is the defining characteristic of this berserk and entertaining political age: squadrons of foam-flecked absolutists ranting to…

Are the ‘village idiots’ right about Brexit?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The former BBC presenter Gavin Esler has very kindly given us an insight into how BBC people think (had we…

The double standards surrounding rape

4 May 2019 9:00 am

It is more than three years since the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, decided to ditch its motto ‘Land of Rape…

We condemned the ideology behind Christchurch. Why didn’t we do the same after Sri Lanka?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The carnage in Sri Lanka which left more than 300 dead may have been carried out by ‘Buddhists’, according to…

The transgender agenda could topple intersectionality

13 April 2019 9:00 am

It is a great disappointment to me that my phrases don’t get picked up by other writers and then society…

Thick 12-year-olds listen to Ariana Grande, smart ones to Billie Eilish

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Grade: A– If your 12-year-old daughter’s a bit thick, she probably likes Ariana Grande. Come on, dads — you’ve got…

Why I’ve joined the SDP (and why you should, too)

14 March 2019 9:00 am

I was down the pub with my wife last week, out in the tiny smoking section, when a woman with…

In defence of a liberal education

9 March 2019 9:00 am

A good decade or so ago I wrote a fairly vituperative article in response to a piece by the writer…

Women’s sports may one day soon consist entirely of men

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Congratulations to Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood for sweeping all before them in the Connecticut girls’ high school track races…

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…

The Independent Group can't survive just on anti-Corbyn hatred

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I once came up against Mike Gapes in a fraternal game of five-a-side football played at the Elephant and Castle…


My diversity targets for the BBC

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Terrible news for gay broadcasters —  the BBC has only one year to meet a diversity target which says that…

Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre isn’t a bad show – and it contains a star in the making

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Hampstead has become quite a hit-factory since Ed Hall took over. His foreign policy is admirably simple. He scours New…

Is it society’s job to stop people singing racist jokes?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? Assuming you were somehow given a retrospective choice in the matter.…

On Nobel Prize winners and Mastermind losers

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I once worked my way through two whole books of IQ tests devised by Hans Eysenck and by the time…

To the BBC, history is something to be twisted by the tyranny of Now

5 January 2019 9:00 am

For a while, as a 13-year-old, I was obsessed with rabbits — the consequence of having read Watership Down by…

Dear Santa: My 14 requests for the new year

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It is always a pleasure to watch Paris burning. On the surface a civilised country, but scrape a little deeper…

The Little Drummer Girl [Photo: BBC]

Why does Le Carré get a prime BBC slot? Because he loathes the West

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Thank the blessed Lord it’s over. Not Brexit, or Theresa May’s flailing and spastic governance. I’m talking about John le…