Melanie McDonagh

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

Could the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement help end Stormont’s stasis?

27 March 2017 17:20

You’d think, with Brexit talks starting sometime after Wednesday, that Northern Irish politicians would have something better to do than…

Of course we’re not cowed by terrorism – what other choice do we have?

27 March 2017 10:24

Stay safe, London. Stay safe, everyone. It’s nice, isn’t it, as a sentiment, which is just as well because it…

God will have the final say on Martin McGuinness

23 March 2017 20:08

Well, Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph got an airing in St Columba’s church in Derry today for the funeral of Martin…

The great ‘adventure story’ of British Catholicism

19 March 2017 11:00

Roy Hattersley would never have been born had it not been that his mother ran away with the parish priest…

St Patrick’s lesson for modern Britain

17 March 2017 17:00

Happy St Patrick’s Day to the Irish, one and all. There are plenty of Brits who are a bit Irish,…

The ethical limits on embryo research are shifting

4 March 2017 12:01

The notion of artificial life created in a lab – heralded today with the news that scientists at Cambridge have…

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…