Julie Burchill

Prince William is just a chip off the Charles block

17 March 2017 12:41

Generally, I am the last person to advocate modesty, sobriety or duty. But then, I have been supporting myself financially,…

Brexit tantrums are one of the joys of modern life

25 February 2017 10:00

Everyone in London seems to be fuming all the time — although, to be fair, fuming has become the default…

The hypocrisy of the ‘Free Melania’ feminists

23 January 2017 13:48

I like to prance around showing off in hats and shouting at men as much as the next broad but…

The sadism of Saturday night TV shows

14 January 2017 16:00

It’s easy to see TV talent shows as three-ring circuses of cheap emotion,  empty promises and bitter tears – but…

Daft celebrity mourners have made 2016 the year of the ‘Tearleader’

19 December 2016 15:27

Despite my ‘difficult’ reputation, I am a cheery cove in real life, all the more so as I get older.…

The joy of shoplifting

28 November 2016 13:16

I was interested to read that police recorded more shoplifting offences in the year ending in March than they have…

When is a hate crime not a hate crime?

21 October 2016 12:53

I’ve always been somewhat bemused by the concept of ‘hate crime’ – a phrase which first came into use in…

Women – and transwomen – should fight on the frontline

23 September 2016 15:58

My favourite quote of all time comes from John Stuart Mill: ‘War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest…

Divorce is a far greater invention than either the wheel or the Pill

22 September 2016 10:16

The late Mrs Merton, bless her, would never have seen fit to ask Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: ‘So, what…

The Swinging Sixties should be renamed the Seedy Sixties

9 September 2016 10:56

You know you’re getting old not when the policemen start looking young, but when a public figure dies and you…

Unconditional love is a dangerous delusion

22 August 2016 16:10

When I think about love, that old line by William Goldman about Hollywood comes back to me: Nobody knows anything.…

In praise of bisexuality

20 August 2016 9:40

I’ve never seen a National Treasure whose head I didn’t have a strong urge to shove down the nearest toilet.…

The Brexit divide wasn’t between young and old, but Ponces and Non-Ponces

27 June 2016 12:22

Ever since Friday’s Glorious Victory, one of the chief recreation activities of we Brexiters of a childish bent has been…

Why would I want to lose weight? Being lazy and fat is far more fun

9 June 2016 14:57

Let me start by putting my podgy little hand up – the one not ferreting fervently through a big box…

Women are becoming more and more infantile. It’s time to grow up, girls

27 May 2016 13:10

I consider myself such an extreme feminist that I make Germaine Greer look like Greer Garson. (Ask your gran.) But…

Comedians who think they’re soldiers are the biggest joke of all

16 May 2016 12:41

I must admit to snigger-spitting my Sugar Smacks recently as I read an interview with Eddie Izzard in the Times.…

Are there any Jews who still support Labour?

4 May 2016 11:10

Many years ago, sometime in the last century (how worldly I feel writing that!) I was at the launch party…

How to avoid becoming a great bore of today

1 May 2016 7:20

I was interested to read recently that Her Majesty The Queen’s party planner, Lady Elizabeth Anson, makes a point of…

Is flashing at a man the best way to punish him? I’m unconvinced

19 February 2016 16:00

I’ll never forget the first ‘Funisher’ I met. It was sometime in the late 1980s when you could meet all sorts…

Maxine Peake is wrong: Margaret Thatcher and Rebekah Brooks are feminist role models

25 January 2016 17:05

Margaret Thatcher has been out of power for twenty-six years and dead for three, but in our brave new world…

Why are hipsters obsessed with programmes about dead women?

19 January 2016 13:03

I’ve pointed out before that to be a woman who sucks up to Islamic extremists is to be a somewhat upmarket…

David Bowie had sex with underage girls. Is that creepy or cool?

15 January 2016 13:52

Though I adored David Bowie as a teenybopper, I felt that one would have had to have a heart of…

Please spare us the sob signalling over David Bowie

11 January 2016 13:32

By 9am this morning, I’d turned down two offers from two newspapers to write about the freshly-dead David Bowie. I told…

Spectator books of the year: Julie Burchill discovers the story behind Labour’s self-immolation

6 December 2015 15:00

Now that I’ve given up drugs, I find myself addicted to psychological thrillers written by women, featuring no gore and…

Is a ‘Transgender Day Of Remembrance’ really necessary?

27 November 2015 12:33

On hearing that a ‘transgendered flag of remembrance’ was being flown by a government department for the first time (the…