Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Jane Kelly

Jane Kelly
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Jane Kelly was a journalist with the Daily Mail for fifteen years. She now writes for the Spectator and the Salisbury Review.

An encounter with Ms Self-Righteous

I MET someone on the bus who I know from my church. I was glad to see her: meeting people in the street and...

How the scourge of the middle classes missed the point

How the Middle Class Ruined Britain; BBC2 July 23, 2019  CHEEKY chappie Geoff Norcott, 42, claims to be the only Tory voter on the comedy...

Mental health issues – a user’s guide

A FRIEND is in trouble after naïvely writing a piece for Oxford’s Merton College magazine containing the words: 'Mertonians attended the college Gaudy, reviving...

Grievances to the fore at the summer art shows

ONCE, visiting an art show was something to do on a wet weekend. These days it’s all about attitude and identity; none of that...

You’ll be itching to read this . . .

I’VE always quite admired fleas, jumping eighty times their own height, and not surprised that William Blake drew one in profile in military uniform,...

TCW Summer Reads: Food for thought (large portion)

The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson; Fourth Estate 2019. AT home I eat from a melamine plate just over nine inches wide (23cm)...

For one night only, a return to the England we’ve lost

I AM reluctant to visit my old cultural haunts these days: I don’t bother any more with the RSC, the Globe or the National...

Wimmin academics’ weird, weird world of gobbledygook

IT’S obvious: sexual identity is part of the fatal flaw of sexuality, at least according to Jean-Paul Sartre. However, it may be not so...

Hospital food is sickening

FROM my time as a hospital visitor in London five years ago, two images stand out; an elderly woman who was cheerful when I...

Warning – this story may contain chrysanthemums

I FIRST sensed something in our social discourse was changing about ten years ago when I brushed past a seated woman as I groped...

Visit Berlin, and find terror and death around every corner

SIPPING coffee on what was once Prinz-Albrecht Strasse, I had a good view; piles of tidied rubble and empty space. I stared for ages....

We don’t need fire to destroy our national treasures. The authorities are doing it for us

AT the end of his great TV series Civilisation, Sir Kenneth Clark asked, ‘What is civilisation?’ He didn’t know, but turning towards Notre-Dame Cathedral...

A not so fine mess

Stan & Ollie, starring John C Reilly and Steve Coogan, directed by Jon S Baird, on general release IN the US movie tradition of making...

Treble trouble – Lefties have the King’s choirboys in their sights

IT’S A century since the service of Nine Lessons & Carols began as an attempt to inspire and comfort people after the Great War....

Running a store would be OK if it weren’t for those pesky shoppers

WHAT does the “plus” mean?’ I asked the young assistant as I looked at a DAB + radio in the John Lewis post-Christmas sale. ‘I’ve...

Is having stupid beliefs really worse than killing someone?

THREE young people from differing backgrounds have this week received lengthy prison sentences – perhaps I should say four, as one small baby was...

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