Melanie McDonagh

Melanie McDonagh is a leaderwriter for the Evening Standard and Spectator contributor. Irish, living in London.

Poetry

Amanda Gorman was let down by a terrible poem

Look at the actual text

By Melanie McDonagh

The echoes of Diana in Prince Harry

Harry is what might have happened to Diana if she’d been transported to California and learned to speak woke

By Melanie McDonagh

Home

The truth about Christmas card virtue signalers

Shut the blazes up about what you’re donating

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

What my father-in-law’s death taught me about COVID

You don’t get points for being defiant towards COVID-19: it really doesn’t care

By Melanie McDonagh

Home

Save me from the cult of instant intimacy

Formality can be helpful in our dealings with other people

By Melanie McDonagh

Internet

The terror of choosing the wrong email sign off

Emails seem easy-going, but we’re using them for lots of work messages too

By Melanie McDonagh

Politics

Who cares what Harry and Meghan think about Trump?

Meghan’s views, sans title and sans husband, would not feature in an influential magazine

By Melanie McDonagh

Faith

Who’s afraid of Amy Coney Barrett?

Her views on the Constitution really shouldn’t scare the horses

By Melanie McDonagh

Politics

President Trump’s big Balkan deal

Trump knows if you focus on creating jobs, it makes the political issues an awful lot more manageable

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

Meet Micheál Martin, Ireland’s new Taoiseach

The sense that no matter what the government, things would remain the same made for dull politics, but gave Ireland a certain psychological stability

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

France’s citizens’ climate convention has come back to bite Macron

Mr Macron now has to find a way to evade the consequences of his idiot exercise

By Melanie McDonagh

In praise of President Trump’s positive thinking

In the fight against disease, optimism is not misplaced

By Melanie McDonagh

The puzzling thing about Harry and Meghan’s big announcement

What exactly might their ‘progressive new role’ within the monarchy be?

By Melanie McDonagh

Books

We are all Greta now

A lot of children’s literature today is horribly right-on

By Melanie McDonagh

Even drag queens don’t have license to mock the realities of abortion

Not just ‘Christian groups’ will feel repugnance at this actual Halloween horror

By Melanie McDonagh

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