Damian Reilly

The G20: a reminder why we should never take our world leaders seriously

It’s a show they put on for the little people

By Damian Reilly

Internet

The Twitter dominance of Piers Morgan

How the British presenter reigns supreme online

By Damian Reilly

Art

The woke go broke

What’s the connection between shrinking profits and being vocally progressive?

By Damian Reilly

Art

Kanye West is the gift that keeps giving

Every time you think you understand him, he does something incomprehensible

By Damian Reilly

Middle East

The humiliation of Mohammed bin Salman

Angering all of the West’s most powerful investors at once is an unmitigated disaster for the House of Saud

By Damian Reilly

Russia

What Putin and Trump understand about UFC

There is no political correctness in cage fighting. But that’s not to say it’s not political

By Damian Reilly

Art

Taylor Swift for President? The singer could be the Democrat to take on Trump

America’s prom queen endorsed two Tennessee Democrats this weekend

By Damian Reilly

Spare a thought for the sufferers of Trump Anxiety Disorder

If you dislike the President and think he’s completely reckless, then terror seems an entirely logical reaction.

By Damian Reilly

Will the real Mohammed bin Salman please stand up?

For someone supposedly and hopefully alive and well, it is proving remarkably hard to find footage of him that can be dated.

By Damian Reilly

Books

The sex-mad genius of Philip Roth

A few years ago I asked Martin Amis about Philip Roth. “All his dildos,” he replied, “he’s not letting it go.” At the time the comment struck me as harsh, but this morning when I saw the sad news of Roth’s death I remembered it with a little amusement. I understood what Amis was getting at: Roth […]

By Damian Reilly

Are reports of Mohammed bin Salman’s death greatly exaggerated?

Has Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman been assassinated, had a breakdown, or gone into hiding? Or is that just wild internet conjecture? I ask only because he has barely been seen in public since prolonged heavy gunfire was heard at the royal palace in Riyadh in the middle of the night on April […]

By Damian Reilly

Art

Peace in our time: If Katy Perry and Taylor Swift can do it, why not the Middle East?

Cynically timed to minimise news coverage, Katy Perry’s decision to bury the hatchet with Taylor Swift just as things are kicking off big style in the Middle East is nevertheless huge news. The parallels between the Swift/Perry crisis and the historic tensions in the Middle East have long been impossible to ignore. Both have come to define a generation, and […]

By Damian Reilly

Politics

Kanye West won’t be the last celebrity to cross the left/right Rubicon in 2018 

In a culture war you can’t be too picky about who your friends are, even less your celebrities.  The stars never come out for President Donald Trump, not during his campaign and certainly not at his inauguration. Where President Obama danced an elegant waltz while Beyoncé sang At Last and Stevie Wonder, Puff Daddy and Sting looked on, Trump’s big moment was accompanied by the […]

By Damian Reilly

Saudi Arabia must become a new Dubai

Although probably not possessed of the liberal sensibilities that would see him accepted for membership by, say, the Soho House group, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as the 32 year-old is known, is nevertheless largely good news, certainly compared to what has gone before. Commentators who are so […]

By Damian Reilly

Sorry folks, but Donald Trump is funny. Intentionally funny

Sooner or later even President Trump’s most ardent detractors are going to have to admit that he is capable of being funny. Intentionally funny. Worse, they’re going to have to admit that he’s funny for precisely the reason that Hillary Clinton isn’t: because he’s able to laugh at himself. Did you see him at CPAC? […]

By Damian Reilly

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