Melanie McDonagh

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

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

Faith

Pope Francis is wrong to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer

Don’t fiddle with scripture; just try to explain what it says

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

Sadiq Khan’s anti-Trump crusade is dull and reductive

The mayor of London has lost it

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

Will Boris Johnson’s home life put off traditional Tory voters?

The former Foreign Secretary is currently between wives

By Melanie McDonagh

Art

A Hobbit-sized exhibition about Tolkien as pipe-smoker and parent

A new showcase gives us the real Tolkien – not his awful legacy

By Melanie McDonagh

The new Planned Parenthood pro-abortion ad is revolting

If the baby is so cute, she deserves, I’d say, to live. She deserves not to be killed in utero

By Melanie McDonagh

Middle East

Let’s talk about how the Turkish government deals with dissidents abroad

Are Erdogan’s efforts to apprehend members of the Gulenist movement really so different from what the Saudis are alleged to have done?

By Melanie McDonagh

Politics

Why there’s no feminist solidarity for Kellyanne Conway

If you don’t conform to the programme, you’re Not One of Us

By Melanie McDonagh

Faith

The Catholic right will go to any lengths to discredit the Pope

The late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has been smeared

By Melanie McDonagh

Faith

If Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett tonight, prepare for all hell to break loose

Feminists will be lining up to prevent the appointment of the Catholic mother of seven.

By Melanie McDonagh

Faith

Ireland’s abortion referendum has been horrifically one-sided

The debate has been characterised as a step into the 21st century – but the reality is far from it.

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

This is monarchy for the Netflix generation

The less we hear about the Royal family, the better. With Meghan and Harry, this is exactly the reverse of what we’ll get.

By Melanie McDonagh

Strikes without strategy. What could possibly go wrong?

Happy now? The US-led air strikes against Syrian bases, notably chemical weapons storage facilities, near Damascus and Homs and reportedly elsewhere, has been, according to all the participants, American, Brits and French, a success. Or, as Donald Trump put it, ‘the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous […]

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