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.


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…

Chrissie Hynde In Concert, Koko, London, Britain - 16 Dec 2014.

Chrissie Hynde is right – women should take responsibility for their actions

30 August 2015 20:36

The popular singer Chrissie Hynde has been reprimanded by feminist campaigners for speaking common sense. Hynde, who is somewhat more…


When words are added to the dictionary, what about banning some? Here are ten suggestions

27 August 2015 8:44 has today announced that is adding words like “awesomesauce” and “manspreading” to the dictionary. But what about banning fatuous…

What is it about quiet coaches and station buffets that attracts perverts? (Photo: Getty)

I’m utterly sickened by this story of a man trying to talk to a woman on a train

26 August 2015 11:26

What can we as a society do about the relentless harassment of women by terrifying men? Menacing men, threatening men,…

Alan Yentob and Camila Batmanghelidjh (Photo: Simon James/GC)

The perfect storm: a right-on charity run by a right-on woman and a right-on BBC executive

10 August 2015 15:31

The BBC’s Creative Director, Alan Yentob, seems to have spent the last week or so dashing from studio to studio…

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC is biased in favour of the establishment, not the government

9 August 2015 13:30

The BBC was created out of the ether in 1922. Its first director general, Lord Reith, inhabited a cupboard some…


Beware the microaggression mob

6 August 2015 10:35

Have you been microaggressive recently? My guess is that in some way or another, you have, you bastards. If you…

Edward Heath playing the piano to the amusement of Kermit the Frog and Paddington Bear (Photo: Evening Standard/Getty)

Who would have thought that about Ted Heath? Well…

5 August 2015 13:25

In another blow for freedom and the protection of the vulnerable, Conservative MP Mark Spencer has suggested that anti-terror legislation…

Watch and learn (Photo: Peter Parks/Getty)

British teachers could learn a thing or two from the Chinese

3 August 2015 16:55

‘Rude, bone idle… and cosseted by the welfare state! Chinese teachers’ damning verdict on British children after spending a month…

Image: Getty

Is David Aaronovitch taking the piss out of himself?

30 July 2015 11:05

This job is getting harder and harder, because it is no longer possible to parody or satirise the blithe stupidity…

If you’ve never tried LSD, a Corbyn government would be a fairly decent simulacrum of the drug

Jeremy Corbyn won’t destroy Labour. But he might yet destroy the country

28 July 2015 17:47

Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario. In 2017 Britain votes narrowly to remain within the European Union, despite the…