flat white

Peter Dutton must take a stand against the eSafety Commission

A new video of a talk by eSafety csar Julie Inman Grant is circulating on social media, revealing what many…

22 Jul 2024

The Coalition must follow Trump’s lead

Wokeism is collapsing. The most putrid ideology to ever inflict liberal democracies is finally crashing. The perpetrators, those silvertails who…

22 Jul 2024

Presidential puppets: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are finished

‘Inevitability’ – it should be the word for the week. It was inevitable that a tech crash would cripple our…

22 Jul 2024

Decolonisation destroys knowledge

In 1945, British author George Orwell said, ‘One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no…

22 Jul 2024

Victoria’s government is rotting away

Putrefaction anywhere is generally unwelcome, but when it occurs in government it’s particularly nauseating. We not only have to bear…

22 Jul 2024

A bone to pick with Biden

Permit me a timely if controversial ‘dog with a bone’ essay, in which I play the dog. Here’s the bone:…

21 Jul 2024

The Trump attack and the death of consensus

Assassination attempts are the boiling point at which politics explodes. They are the final straw, the irascible tension when consensus…

21 Jul 2024

Have we finished creating gods?

Since the earliest times, mankind has been creating gods to deal with unexplained phenomena. To the ancient Egyptians, the mere…

20 Jul 2024

The cult of the Greens: when friendship collides with ideology

I was recently cancelled by a long-term friend for having the temerity to support the State of Israel. The friend,…

20 Jul 2024

Longlegs shows us what the future of horror could be

Unless you count plastic, comically oversized bodily features, and screaming children, there’s not much connecting the Barbie movie with Osgood…

20 Jul 2024

Stochastic terrorism: America’s Deep State atmosphere of violence and incompetence

The attempted murder of President Donald Trump was as shocking as it was inevitable. Things in the United States had…

19 Jul 2024

Refugees and rejectees: our border is wide open

Recent reports show a big uptick in asylum seekers, with some 2,300 would-be refugees mostly entering under cover of a…

18 Jul 2024

Trajectory towards assassination

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump during a campaign rally highlights the deadly trajectory of modern political discourse. No longer…

19 Jul 2024

World politics

I tried to lose interest in UK politics but when you have been following events in that country for literally…

19 Jul 2024

France threatens the euro

Emmanuel Macron, on winning the French presidency against Marine Le Pen in 2017, ordered the EU anthem ‘Ode to Joy’…

19 Jul 2024

DEI and the Pink Panthers

‘There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at with no result,’ said Winston Churchill who survived at least…

19 Jul 2024

Taking potshots at Trump

It has become an internet meme to misquote the character Syndrome from the movie The Incredibles: ‘If everything is racist,…

19 Jul 2024

God bless America

Seated on the South Lawn of the White House on 15 September 2020, we couldn’t help but stand as President…

19 Jul 2024

Election interference

Half an inch. Just half an inch. If the bullet had been a centimetre or so to the shooter’s right…

19 Jul 2024

What’s progressive about social decline?

Has conservative thinking been too complacent about important English words being hijacked to obfuscate their meaning? After all, George Orwell…

19 Jul 2024

Joe Biden’s legacy is one of failure

He resisted as they tried to force him away. He showed his defiance. Then, after a struggle, he gave in…

22 Jul 2024

Joe Biden’s presidency in Spectator covers

Over the past four years, Joe Biden has featured on 18 covers of The Spectator. They range from the upbeat…

22 Jul 2024

Republicans shouldn’t underestimate Kamala Harris

Joe Biden has bowed to the inevitable in withdrawing from the presidential race and endorsing his Vice President, Kamala Harris.…

22 Jul 2024

Biden ushers in more uncertainty by stepping aside

It’s odd how things that have been widely predicted and even widely anticipated can nevertheless occur with an emotional thunderclap. I…

22 Jul 2024

Sign up to the Morning Double Shot newsletter

The Spectator Australia's Morning Double Shot delivers a hearty breakfast of news and views straight to your inbox

Sign up to the Unfiltered evening newsletter

Stimulate your evenings with our unfiltered blend of the latest from Australia, the UK and the World.

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

Sign up to the Flat White newsletter

Weekly round up of the best Flat White blogs - delivered straight to your inbox

Sign up to the Best of the World newsletter

Get the latest developments around the world - delivered straight to your inbox

Is Donald Trump a ‘badass’?

Logan Paul, a wrestler with 23 million YouTube subscribers, called Donald Trump’s immediate reaction to his shooting ‘the most badass…

20 Jul 2024

Dear Mary: Help! My teeth are too white

Q. I ride a bike from Chiswick to the City each morning. It is a ten-mile journey that takes 45…

20 Jul 2024

Don’t bother calling the doctor

‘If you are calling about sinusitis, sore throat, earache in children, infected inset bite from the UK not overseas, impetigo,…

20 Jul 2024

The myth of collective wisdom

After 250 years of American independence, a nation home to many of the smartest and most talented people in the…

20 Jul 2024

A David and Goliath battle involving a billion-dollar pornography website

Laila Mickelwait’s Takedown describes in fascinating and often distressing detail both why Pornhub, the Canadian-owned internet pornography video-sharing website, needs…

20 Jul 2024

‘I’m a hypocrite and a total fraud’ – the confessions of a French Surrealist poet

Michel Leiris (1901-90) was one of those intellectual adventurers who are the astonishment of French literature in the 20th century.…

20 Jul 2024

In search of kindred spirits: An Absence of Cousins, by Lore Segal, reviewed

In Lore Segal’s An Absence of Cousins, Nat Cohn, a fellow at the Concordance Institute, a small college in Connecticut,…

20 Jul 2024

Margaret Tudor – queen, regent and hapless intermediary

The history of princesses and queens has become well-trodden ground in the women’s history genre, particularly the Tudors. Linda Porter’s…

20 Jul 2024

Repenting at leisure: Early Sobrieties, by Michael Deagler, reviewed

Garlanded with praise from Percival Everett (‘the real deal’), Michael Deagler’s debut novel Early Sobrieties arrives with a fully formed…

20 Jul 2024

Another mistress for Victor Hugo: Célina, by Catherine Axelrad, reviewed

Recently I visited Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s home on Guernsey, now magnificently restored, where he spent 15 years of exile…

20 Jul 2024

The irrepressible musical gift of Huddie Ledbetter

Huddie Ledbetter, better known by the prison moniker Lead Belly, was a musical genius born in the southern United States…

20 Jul 2024

An AI visionary looks forward to the best of all possible worlds

In 1993 Vernor Vinge popularised the notion of the Singularity – the point at which exponentially accelerating trends in multiple…

20 Jul 2024