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Democracy under fire: Donald Trump shot at rally

We are watching breaking news unfold after the former President of the United States – and current Republican Presidential nominee…

14 Jul 2024

Elon Musk accuses the European Commission of a secret censorship deal

Elon Musk set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons yesterday when he alleged via tweet: ‘The European Commission offered X…

14 Jul 2024

Big batteries bring big problems

Wind and solar energy have a fatal flaw – intermittency. Solar generators won’t run on moon-beams – they fade out…

14 Jul 2024

Xi keeps Russia’s war alive

With one phone call, the war against Ukraine could be ended and the missiles stopped from hitting children’s hospitals. And,…

14 Jul 2024

Le Pen’s win threw the French far-left into free-fall

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (NR) threw the French far-left into free fall. That’s the important takeaway from the French…

12 Jul 2024

Woke and broke Britain: how fake Tories led to Labour’s landslide victory

The political landscape in the United Kingdom has reached a critical juncture, marked by a seismic shift in voter allegiance…

12 Jul 2024

Not conservative enough?

‘Not conservative enough?’ Never mind Burke, Rishi Sunak’s illiberalism is to blame for the Tory loss In the aftermath of…

Recent UK and French elections highlight flaws of fixed-term Parliaments

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Business Council of Australia suggested Australia was out of step with…

12 Jul 2024

Universities must take a stand against anti-Semitism with Sydney leading the way

Anti-Semitism is on the rise, including on university campuses. Unfortunately, despite this explosion in anti-Semitism, some universities continue to appear…

Genuine conservatives must find a way forward – or be stuck in the worst of all worlds

For classical conservatives, it was hard to know for what outcome to hope from last Thursday’s UK General Election. Were…

11 Jul 2024

Can the Australian economy really emulate America?

As inflation stumbles its way between 3 and 4 per cent and interest rates remain fairly steady, the question begs,…

11 Jul 2024

Great Labor Split II: Albo’s succumbing to socialist dilemmas

The Great Labor Split of 1955 stemmed from theoretical dilemmas that have always haunted the Western left’s fragmented socialism. 70…

11 Jul 2024

Plight of the paramedics

Few events illustrate the misguided priorities of the Victorian government as does its refusal to resolve its dispute with paramedics…

13 Jul 2024

Blackouts

When I was a girl growing up in Melbourne, periodic blackouts were part of life. At fairly regularly intervals, the…

13 Jul 2024

The coming populist revolt

Populism occurs when the masses revolt against the elites’ view of the world. Elite opinion does not often deal directly…

13 Jul 2024

The Blob turns on Scranton Joe

The most cutting take on the extraordinary post-debate debacle paralysing US leadership came from security analyst Mike Benz, who declared,…

13 Jul 2024

Reform takes off

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the rise of the New Right and its challenge to the liberal consensus on…

13 Jul 2024

Fifth column

If only everyday Australians knew that only by yelling allahu akbar loud enough, even in a Western democratic, Judeo-Christian country,…

13 Jul 2024

Outsiders v. insiders

There’s a reason that the highest-rated Sky News Australia TV show is the Sunday morning Outsiders show, hosted by Rowan…

13 Jul 2024

Here it comes – the Muslim vote

Last November, Labor Foreign Minister Penny Wong issued more than 800 temporary visas to Gazans following Hamas’s 7 October Israeli…

13 Jul 2024

Has Israel managed to kill the mastermind of October 7?

When an opportunity came today for Israel to take out the leading Hamas member and head of the Al-Qassam Brigades,…

What makes George Osborne think he’s a centrist?

Don’t bother going after the Reform UK vote – the next Conservative leader should target voters lost to the Lib…

13 Jul 2024

Ireland’s ridiculous racism tsar

The Republic of Ireland has always prided itself on its lack of racism. Take the fact that two of the…

13 Jul 2024

What should the Tory party do about Suella Braverman?

How do you solve a problem like Suella? Rishi Sunak is facing calls to expel Braverman from the Conservative party…

13 Jul 2024

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Kiwi life

New Zealand in crisis Given the destruction the previous Labour government inflicted on this country, and the damage caused by…

29 Jun 2024

New Zealand’s carbon sequestration problem

Ongoing concern about climate change has fuelled debate about the part carbon sequestration might play in reducing New Zealand’s net…

19 Jun 2024

Why New Zealand is cracking down on immigration

The government of New Zealand this week tightened the country’s working visa rules in order to stem historically high numbers…

10 Apr 2024

Why is New Zealand’s deputy PM rowing with Chumbawamba?

In their musical heyday, the English anarchist punk band Chumbawamba enjoyed a reputation for having an irreverent attitude towards those…

22 Mar 2024

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Aussie life

I’ve just watched Senator Fatima Payman’s performative ‘I quit but not really, I’m moving to the crossbenches’ media conference. It…

13 Jul 2024

Language

Angry people keep chanting ‘Free Palestine’ on our streets. They shout that ‘Palestine’ should stretch from the Jordan River to…

13 Jul 2024

Alan Partridge on mental health

Lord Peter Wimsey said to the nurse: ‘Now about the old lady herself. I gather she was a little queer…

13 Jul 2024

Murray shouldn’t have relied on injury-prone Raducanu

Talk about raging against the dying of the light: Andy Murray and President Biden both. Murray because he is no…

13 Jul 2024

How cartomania captivated even Queen Victoria

The wife of the Victorian photography pioneer Henry Fox Talbot called his first cameras ‘mousetraps’: little wooden boxes that were…

Notes on the natural world: an exquisite collection from Kathleen Jamie

‘Let me leave Cairn here as a trail marker, a moment noted, a view from the strange here-and-now,’ Kathleen Jamie…

13 Jul 2024

Why state bureaucracy is crucial to our happiness

Most days, outside the local courtroom where I live in Finchley Central, a man holds up a placard that says…

13 Jul 2024

Could anyone be trusted in Tudor and Stuart England?

‘Spies, you are lights in state, but of base stuff,/ Who, when you’ve burnt yourselves down to the snuff,/ Stink,…

13 Jul 2024

The downside to being rich: Long Island Compromise, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, reviewed

Fleishman is in Trouble was one of the funniest novels of 2020, and it catapulted Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a New York…

13 Jul 2024

At last, a private education that wasn’t unmitigated misery

There has been a spate of books recently about private education, ranging from academic denouncements of their malign effects on…

13 Jul 2024

A haunting apparition: Bonehead, by Mo Hayder, reviewed

It is well established that women are happy to read novels written by men but that male readers rarely extend…

13 Jul 2024

Richard Flanagan rails against wrongs ‘too vast to have a name’

‘Is it because we see our world only darkly that we surround ourselves with lies we call time, history, reality,…

13 Jul 2024