No sacred cows

great barrington declaration

Why can’t we talk about the Great Barrington Declaration?

October 15, 2020 12:15 pm

The three scientists who created it aren’t outliers or cranks, but professors at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford

sandel

Being a do-gooder did me no good at all

September 10, 2020 12:26 am

People who throw themselves into good works are actually esteemed less than scurrilous hacks

dating site

I’ve started a dating site for lockdown skeptics

August 13, 2020 1:03 pm

The idea is that if you’re a COVID realist you don’t want to go out with a hysteric who frets about a ‘second wave

plane

How to get into a club and onto a plane

July 30, 2020 11:09 am

‘OK, Charlie, put your mask on,’ I whispered. ‘And whatever you do, don’t sneeze’

epstein

How did I end up in Epstein’s little black book?

July 15, 2020 11:55 pm

If Ghislaine had offered me a lift on Epstein’s private jet in the mid-1990s, I would have accepted

antibody

The antibody test that proved my wife wrong

June 18, 2020 2:16 pm

If I complain of being tired, one of the kids will say: ‘What’s the matter, Dad? Another bout of coronavirus?’

protesters

The protesters have brought down the lockdown

June 11, 2020 3:58 pm

We’re not allowed to go to weddings or funerals, but it’s perfectly acceptable to attend mass rallies

youtube

Why is YouTube so afraid of free speech?

June 4, 2020 5:22 pm

I, too, think the 5G theory is silly, but that’s not a good reason to censor it

puppy

Unfortunately our new puppy is not just for lockdown

May 28, 2020 2:43 pm

Caroline has already declared that she prefers sharing a bed with the dog to sharing with me

liberals

Liberal fears are contagious

May 21, 2020 2:56 pm

People like me are treated as if we’re infectious and anyone getting too close might catch our ‘toxic’ views

lockdown

This lockdown may kill me

May 14, 2020 4:37 pm

I’ve become a kind of hermit, living in the shed at the bottom of my garden and rarely seeing sunlight

wife

Did anyone really believe what my wife wrote about me?

April 30, 2020 3:45 pm

Spectator writers are almost never in earnest, unless it’s after midnight and we’ve been drinking

modern review magazine

If you really want to lose friends, start a magazine

April 23, 2020 5:23 pm

Julie said if she ever saw me in the Groucho Club again, she’d stab me with her nail file

puppy

Our puppy has no respect for the six-feet rule

April 16, 2020 6:11 pm

I have begun to suspect that the ‘poo’ in her breed name is not a reference to poodle but to something else

recovering

I’m recovering — but I glimpsed the coronavirus cliff edge

April 9, 2020 4:39 pm

I had a strong sensation of my body being invaded by a parasite which was sapping my strength

dog puppy

Quarantine with our new puppy will send me barking

March 19, 2020 5:28 pm

The fact that her brain is the size of a pea makes her hard to train

free speech

How far should we go to defend free speech?

February 27, 2020 10:09 am

The first days of the Free Speech Union

stand-up

Why on earth did I volunteer to do stand-up?

February 20, 2020 10:54 am

There were two points when I couldn’t remember what came next and just plunged forward

oscars

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

February 17, 2020 10:58 am

Hollywood celebrities talk a big game in public, but in private they enjoy letting their hair down

climate

Climate doomsayers keep putting sell-by dates on their credibility

January 30, 2020 12:26 pm

I do wish we would take them a smidgen less seriously when they turn out to be wrong — as they always do

george orwell brexiteer

George Orwell would have been a Brexiteer

January 23, 2020 9:28 am

What Orwell would have disapproved of is the Maoist climate of intolerance sweeping through our institutions

family film

I’ve found the perfect family film (eventually)

January 9, 2020 10:59 am

Getting everyone to agree on a film to watch is always tricky in the Young household

brother

Christmas with my brother

December 24, 2019 7:22 am

Chris has been institutionalized since he was a teenager, either in hospitals or care homes

cinema room

How could any woman fail to be won over by my new cinema room?

December 12, 2019 9:29 am

‘No, thanks,’ my wife said, ‘I prefer the television’

wife

Prince Andrew should have married someone like my wife

November 21, 2019 1:42 pm

‘It’s as if alienating 99 percent of the country isn’t enough for you’