Rod Liddle

Rod Liddle is associate editor of The Spectator. He writes a weekly column in the magazine, as well as contributing to The Sunday Times and The Sun.

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Did we really have to hear all about Crispin Blunt’s sex life?

25 January 2016 15:36

A year or so back my friend and colleague Hugo Rifkind wrote a very good piece in which he argued…

An Egyptian chess player during the 38th Chess Olympiad

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti declares chess to be a source of evil. How about jihadis?

24 January 2016 20:10

My favourite Islamic scholar, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, has come out with yet another corker. He is the…

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Farewell Shami Chakrabarti, leading figure of the New Establishment

14 January 2016 12:02

So farewell, Shami Chakrabarti. The woman is stepping down as boss of Liberty, for whom – whatever your political views…

Cologne station (Photo: Getty)

I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but something fishy is going on in Europe

12 January 2016 10:39

Having taken the piss out of Guardian columnists for their laughably painful paroxysms over the appalling attacks upon women at…


Nine days on, why is the left still in denial about the Cologne attacks?

9 January 2016 10:14

Still in denial, then. The liberal left, having first tried to ignore the massed sex attacks in Cologne (and in…

Simon Danczuk (Photo: Getty)

The Corbynistas are becoming more Machiavellian by the day

3 January 2016 17:22

Who held the power in the supposedly inappropriate relationship between Labour MP Simon Danczuk and gorgeous, pouting etc seventeen-year-old Sophena…

Lutz Bachmann (Photo: Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty)

A German politician points out the obvious about refugees and the terror threat

2 January 2016 18:41

Happy New Year. Sorry about my absence. I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and then, when I returned,…

<> on November 19, 2015 in Newton, Iowa.

Donald Trump represents the views of millions of Americans. Does the BBC not realise this?

8 December 2015 10:30

If you saw the BBC Ten O’Clock News last night you will have witnessed Nick Bryant’s dispassionate, even-handed treatment of…

Can British bombs save the Syrians from Islamic State fascists? (Photo: Getty)

Can ‘democratic’ bombs defeat ‘fascism’ in Syria? I have my doubts…

4 December 2015 10:11

Au contraire. Au contraire. I thought Hilary Benn’s speech was well delivered, but workmanlike in construction and told us nothing…


Anybody who uses the phrase ‘Daesh’ is terminally deluded

2 December 2015 17:57

This is a relentlessly busy world, with so many people expressing so many different points of view. We become overwhelmed…


I’ve changed my mind about where we should bomb…

30 November 2015 18:37

Just back after a few weeks away in the north east – thought I’d share this with you. I wrote…

2012 Melbourne Marathon

It’s time to admit that chronic fatigue syndrome is not actually a chronic illness

2 November 2015 12:23

I’m grateful to my friend Matthew Wilson for drawing my attention to this story which I had missed. It is…

Where Shall We Go Dancing Tonight by Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari

Hurrah for the cleaner who accidentally threw away a modern art exhibit

1 November 2015 17:03

Hero of the week is undoubtedly the cleaner at the Museion Bozen-Bolzano in Italy. Faced with a horrible mess in…

China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy on October 29, after decades of strict, sometimes brutal enforcement left it with an ageing population and shrinking workforce, heightening the challenges of slowing growth.

Yet more examples of BBC bias this week

30 October 2015 14:24

Two reports on the BBC Ten O’Clock News this week, both unashamedly partisan. Yes, yes, I know they are not…

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva arrives prior to addressing the nation from Belem Presidential palace after his meeting with Portugal's centre-right leader Pedro Passos Coelho (unseen) in Lisbon on October 6, 2015.

Are European socialists waking up to the fact they’ve created a monster?

24 October 2015 11:55

Remarkable events in Portugal, no? A democratically elected government is denied the opportunity to govern because its policies challenge the…

Labour shadow business secretary Angela Eagle, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley arrive to meet with steelworkers and their families on October 5 (Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty)

John McDonnell doesn’t give a fig about Teesside’s steel industry

19 October 2015 17:47

John McDonnell has accused me of telling an untruth. Yes, I know, worse things have happened. But still. His accusation…

Cadbury's now wants a less macho Milk Tray man (Photo: Rex)

My recipe for the new Milk Tray Man

11 October 2015 16:25

Cadbury’s is searching for a new ‘man in black’ to spearhead its advertising campaign for the godawful Milk Tray chocolates…

Protests Are Held Over The Government's Scrapping Of The EMA For Poorer Students

Let’s stand alongside Bahar Mustafa

6 October 2015 20:05

  The Goldsmith’s imbecile Bahar Mustafa has been arrested for tweeting something with a hashtag ‘kill all white men’. Obviously,…

A revellers blows bubbles on the first evening after the gates open at the Glastonbury festival near Pilton, Somerset on June 23, 2010.  Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Women are to blame for the big Glastonbury sell-out

5 October 2015 10:37

I suppose you can look at it two ways. Glastonbury, and rock festivals generally, were once patronised by music obsessives;…


Students should remember freedom of speech is a terribly precious thing

4 October 2015 14:35

Freedom of speech is a terribly precious thing, which we should all cherish. So let’s not waste it on people…


If only middle-class liberals would shut up, we might get a proper debate

28 September 2015 12:10

Why are the audiences for political debate programmes so unrepresentative of the voting population? By which I mean, why are…


Liberal rot has set into our education system

21 September 2015 13:49

Here’s about as perfect a case of correct analysis, wrong solution, as you are ever likely to get. A leading…

The new leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Amnesty UK Front 'Solidarity With Refugees' demonstration on September 12, 2015 in London, England.

Please Jezza, don’t tack to the right and be inclusive

13 September 2015 23:17

The one bright spot, if you are a normal Labour Party supporter rather than a perpetual adolescent anti-austerity arriviste with…

A makeshift church in Calais (Photo: Francois Lo Presti/Getty)

I’m ready to be more hospitable to refugees (on one condition)

10 September 2015 15:51

I read in the Daily Mail that the hunt is on for an Isis terrorist camped out in Calais who is…

Migrants arrive in Vienna (Photo: Joe Klamar/Getty)

The truth? Most people don’t want more refugees coming to Britain

8 September 2015 17:24

I had intended to write something about the refugees, the migrants, for this week’s magazine – but we were well…