Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

Connie St Louis, the woman who brought down Sir Tim Hunt, faces questions over her CV. Where’s the media coverage?

28 June 2015 17:53

Connie St Louis, director of City University’s Science Journalism MA, is the woman who brought Sir Tim Hunt’s career crashing…

The Pope and climate change: Francis is slapping his conservative critics in the face

17 June 2015 20:07

Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment comes down firmly on the side of the global warming consensus/lobby (delete according to…

Roll of shame: MPs who back homeopathy fan David Tredinnick for chair of Commons Health Committee

8 June 2015 9:57

David Tredinnick is an Old Etonian Tory MP whom I met when he was a mature student at Oxford. He…

The hounding of Cardinal Pell: things Australia’s liberal media don’t want you to know

30 May 2015 16:18

The attempt to implicate Cardinal George Pell in the Ballarat child abuse scandal is a virtuoso display of score-settling by…

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

25 May 2015 16:36

‘Hidden menace of the drivers high on drugs,’ says the headline in today’s Daily Mail, revealing that – according to…

Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

23 May 2015 23:49

Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin –…

Charles’s ‘spider letters’: The Guardian falls for the pseudoscience of graphology

13 May 2015 18:23

The Prince of Wales’s ‘spider letters’ are out today – his letters to government ministers written or annotated in his distinctive…

Porn and video games: more hysteria about ‘rewiring brains’

11 May 2015 23:00

Here we go again. What effect do you think watching porn and video games have on young men? Yup, they…

Why Ukip will descend into sectarian chaos

9 May 2015 23:50

Yes, yes, I know it’s supposed to be ‘unfair’ that Ukip ended up with only one MP while securing 13…

Has the Guardian just called it for Cameron?

3 May 2015 16:34

The Guardian/Observer website is running with this story headed ‘Britain set to face weeks of political paralysis after election poll’.…

Former Communist spy: KGB created Catholic liberation theology

2 May 2015 14:04

The respected Catholic News Agency has published an interview with Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former general in Romania’s secret police who…

Why you should listen to the great pianist who gave in to the Nazis

1 May 2015 11:12

Alfred Cortot (1877-1962) was in my opinion the greatest pianist in recorded history. If I had to give one reason…

The passing of a magnificent contrarian

26 April 2015 23:28

I see my Spectator colleagues have beaten me to it and republished a 1989 profile of Richard West, one of the…

I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

9 April 2015 17:36

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who…

We don’t think of highly gifted people as mentally disabled. Perhaps we should

4 April 2015 22:50

I’m intrigued by this recent study suggesting that intellectual gifts and learning disabilities, far from lying on opposite ends of a…

Eight remastered classical recordings you need to hear

2 April 2015 9:27

In the magazine this week I’ve written about spectacular new advances in the art of remastering vintage classical recordings. Many…

Look at this cheap trick the Tories tried to play on me

30 March 2015 11:24

‘Mansion Tax Revaluation Information’, said the letter that came through my letterbox, in an envelope that screamed ‘council’ or ‘taxman’…

Muslims, Jews and Christians use identical twins to ‘prove’ homosexuality isn’t genetic

28 March 2015 14:28

The subject of identical twins has been on my mind ever since I read a magnificently creepy thriller called Ice…

America declares war on e-cigarettes. But it’s an ideological battle, not a medical one

27 March 2015 8:37

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a wildly expensive campaign against e-cigarettes because… well, I can’t really…

Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire

25 March 2015 17:30

[Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, I’m astonished by some of the names I see there –…

Edward Stourton just can’t stop bashing the bishop

22 March 2015 17:40

I’ll keep this brief, but can the BBC please replace Ed Stourton as presenter of Radio 4’s Sunday programme? He is…

Keith O’Brien stripped of the rank of cardinal – an extraordinary disgrace for the Scottish Church

20 March 2015 18:08

Keith O’Brien, former Cardinal Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, was today stripped of the rank of cardinal by Pope Francis.…

Solved at last: the mystery of David Cameron’s generous waistline

18 March 2015 0:00

Why is the Prime Minister inviting everyone into his kitchen, asks Isabel Hardman. Good question. Doesn’t he realise that for…

Ritalin is a fun drug. That’s why it’s crazy to be handing it out to millions of kids

16 March 2015 10:20

The weekend brought yet another warning by an American website about Ritalin. Addiction.org wants people to know about the dangers of…

Plain cigarette packs will help Isis, says Tory MP. Somebody buy this man a tin-foil hat

12 March 2015 13:52

A Tory MP called Brian Binley has written an article suggesting that plain cigarette packs – which the House of Commons…