Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

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…

Francis backs Pell’s reforms: centuries of expense-fiddling at the Vatican are brought to an end

3 March 2015 14:06

Phew! I was worried that the smear campaign against Cardinal George Pell mounted by the pigs at the Vatican trough…

The hit job on Cardinal Pell was inevitable: he’s cleaning out the Vatican stables

28 February 2015 13:14

Ever since Cardinal George Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to clean up the Vatican’s finances, I knew a hit…

‘Smoking kills, nicotine doesn’t’: a huge boost for campaigners who say e-cigs save lives

19 February 2015 10:09

Dr Derek Yach has done more than any man alive to eradicate smoking. A former professor of global health at…

Tristram Hunt and nuns: an anti-Catholic snob lets his guard slip

6 February 2015 11:53

Question Time last night. My colleague Cristina Odone of the Legatum Institute  is explaining that ‘some of the most inspiring…

Oftsed’s campaign against Christian schools: now Gove is gone, the Blob is back

25 January 2015 11:50

When Ofsted inspectors allegedy asked primary-age girls at Grindon Hall Christian School, Sunderland, whether they knew what lesbians did in…

Catholics must not breed like rabbits, says the Pope. Yes, you read that right

19 January 2015 19:56

Catholics should not breed like rabbits and gender theory is a bit like the Hitler Youth. Yup, the Supreme Pontiff…

Communion for divorced Catholics: the German bishops twisting Pope Francis’s arm

29 December 2014 15:21

Just before Christmas, virtually unnoticed by the media, the German Catholic bishops made a plea for the readmission of divorced…

Pope Francis: despite the glowing headlines, the jury is still out

23 December 2014 18:15

How many of Pope Francis’s spiritual diseases do you suffer from? The pontiff laid out no fewer than 15 of them…

Memo to the Scottish Catholic bishops: stop sucking up to the SNP

12 December 2014 17:16

The Most Rev Philip Tartaglia, Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, is at it again: There is a feeling around that we…

Cardinal Pell: ‘hundreds of millions of euros’ were hidden away in the Vatican

3 December 2014 15:16

Cardinal George Pell, the Australian prelate charged by Pope Francis with cleaning up the Vatican’s murky finances, has decided to speak bluntly about…

What is the truth about Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and ‘Team Bergoglio’?

25 November 2014 23:23

A couple of days ago John Bingham, the excellent religious affairs editor of the Telegraph, broke a story that is…

Pope Francis and ‘the Great Division’: the Catholic civil war draws closer

18 November 2014 17:45

In the magazine a couple of weeks ago I asked if we were in the early stages of a Catholic…

A hard-Left anarchist tears into Isis and its liberal apologists. Blimey

15 November 2014 17:44

Update: He’s called Martin Wright and you can see a clip of him speaking here at a Class War event in…

Why Christians should stick up for atheists

13 November 2014 14:07

Christians and Muslims in Egypt are joining forces to address the challenge of atheism, according to this news report. (It…

Paedophile crimes should not be used to score points against ‘The Establishment’

23 October 2014 18:36

Fiona Woolf, as you can probably tell from her Maggie-Smith-in-yet-another-costume-drama photograph above, is a member of The Establishment. She’s Lord…

The disgraced bishop and the loyal parish: Catholic double standards at their finest

22 October 2014 23:05

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are to hold an inquiry into the case of the Rt Rev Kieran…

The Vatican cancels its earthquake. This is not Pope Francis’s finest hour

18 October 2014 20:39

‘Thanks be to God’, as we Catholic children used to say with heartfelt enthusiasm as Mass was over for another…

Cardinal Kasper: You can’t talk to Africans about homosexuality. Whoops!

16 October 2014 0:59

Say what you like about H.E. Walter Card. Kasper, he speaks his mind. Normally this suits liberal Catholics. Today they’re wishing…

This Catholic ‘earthquake’ on homosexuality is splitting the Church

14 October 2014 14:38

This tweet about the Vatican Synod on the Family has appeared in my timeline and it speaks volumes about the…

‘Earthquake’ in Rome as Vatican synod talks about homosexuality and divorce

13 October 2014 16:49

The Synod on the Family in Rome today caused an ‘earthquake’ – the word is being used on Catholic blogs everywhere –…

Brooks Newmark was in mental agony: I saw it with my own eyes

12 October 2014 21:36

Tory MP Brooks Newmark quits politics after sexting photograph comes to light; talks of depression, needing help, checks into clinic. To which the…

Ukip is a disaster for Labour. And then there’s Scotland…

10 October 2014 2:40

Heywood and Middleton is a far worse result for Labour than for the Tories: we can agree on that, surely. Clacton…