Melanie McDonagh

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

Cressida Dick’s anti-terror cock-up should have disqualified her from the Met’s top job

23 February 2017 10:52

Well, on the bright side, it seems that the Home Secretary and the Mayor of London are forgiving people, at…

I want Elle to win an Oscar – but I also wish it hadn’t been made

22 February 2017 16:02

Is it possible simultaneously to want a film to win an Oscar and to wish it hadn’t been made? That’s…

Norma McCorvey: the woman who made the choice to be pro-life

20 February 2017 14:20

Norma McCorvey, who died on Saturday, was unknown; as the Jane Roe in Roe v Wade, she became one of…

The critics are wrong: Moonlight is boring and pointless

18 February 2017 9:00

Either all the critics are wrong, or I’m wrong. According to the lot of them, and every right-thinking pundit, Moonlight,…

John Bercow should have kept his trap shut about Donald Trump

7 February 2017 7:23

John Bercow is a little chap, and no harm in that, but does he really need to grandstand about his…

Trump is right to reinstate the ‘global gag rule’ on abortion

25 January 2017 9:42

It has, to be honest, been rather hard to keep up with the flow of executive orders, policy pronouncements and…

Jared Kushner’s Israel connection will delight Benjamin Netanyahu

11 January 2017 10:47

Why, do you suppose, are people getting worked up about the nepotism angle of Donald Trump appointing his son-in-law, Jared…

Is sexism really stopping more women from becoming MPs?

10 January 2017 13:05

The reliably irritating Women and Equalities Select Committee under its unfailingly irritating chair, Maria Miller, has come up trumps again,…

By focusing on Assad’s grim regime, MPs are ignoring a greater evil

14 December 2016 14:46

Well, is it our fault? George Osborne has repeated his claim, which he has made already, that the situation in…

Boris Johnson is right about Saudi Arabia

8 December 2016 14:35

In what sense does anyone actually disagree with what Boris Johnson said about Saudi Arabia and Iran? Does anyone actually…

The Syria debate has become dangerously partisan

30 November 2016 13:52

The collective hysteria about the impending fall of eastern Aleppo to government forces strikes me as understandable and laudable only…

Insulting people who think differently from you isn’t the way to engage people

20 November 2016 13:26

There were two items on BBC radio this morning which rather summed up the Corporation thinking about the State of…

Cheer up! Donald Trump’s victory isn’t all doom and gloom

9 November 2016 11:08

Well, it’s just like Brexit, isn’t it? The appalled tone of the BBC six o’clock news, my daughter’s refusal –…

Social workers have become the new moral arbiters

7 November 2016 17:12

You’d never think the country’s short of foster parents, would you, though we’re 9,000-odd short at the last count.  I…

The troubling logic at the heart of the ‘Gay cake’ ruling

24 October 2016 18:59

My late father was a pottery maker, and very good at it. Question is, if a Northern Protestant had come…

Why isn’t Shami Chakrabarti campaigning for Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion Bill?

16 October 2016 18:45

Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill has its second reading in the Lord next Friday. I hadn’t heard of it…

Let’s not forget that Russia is still the lesser evil in Syria

12 October 2016 12:52

It’s a funny feeling, I have to say, to find myself, again, on the same side as the Stop the…

Shami Chakrabarti isn’t alone in her selective stance on schooling

10 October 2016 12:57

The only thing to be said for Shami Chakrabarti’s stance on selective education – she’s against the reintroduction of grammar…

Jeremy Corbyn’s biscuit choice made me like the man

20 September 2016 12:24

Personally, I should have no hesitation in identifying my favourite biscuit. It would be Bahlsen’s Choco Leibniz, which is as much…

Are motherless babies really a step forward?

15 September 2016 10:34

You can, I maintain, get the Brits to agree to almost any biomedical advance – I use the word in…

Before anyone sounds off about grammar schools, ask first where their children go to school

10 September 2016 10:16

There’s a good reason and a bad reason why David Cameron hasn’t added his mite to the argument about the…

Why is Mother Theresa criticised for not doing things that weren’t her job?

4 September 2016 12:31

Mother Theresa has been canonised today; cue for contained rapture on the part of her Missionaries of Charity and supporters…

The Sunday roast is dying – and the Tories are to blame

22 August 2016 13:45

It is fair to say that I am never one to take the Polly Toynbee approach to things – or…

Who should we support in Syria’s brutal civil war?

1 August 2016 14:52

Today, Syrian rebels in Idlib shot down a Russian helicopter; five Russians were killed and footage from the site shows…

Will Europe finally face up to the threat of Islamism?

26 July 2016 13:56

On the bright side, the elderly priest who was murdered during mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, had pretty well a…