Melanie McDonagh

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

Books

Meghan Markle has demonstrated why children won’t like The Bench

Any sensible tot will hurl it from the cot because of its elephantine agenda

By Melanie McDonagh

International

Carrie and Jill: the real summit

The remainder of the G7 summit is effortlessly overshadowed by the leaders’ spouses

By Melanie McDonagh

Sports

Naomi Osaka is tennis’s Meghan Markle

Crying mental health and running away is ungracious as well as infuriating

By Melanie McDonagh

Education

Identity politics is ruining children’s books

Kamala Harris’s new work is the latest case of identity politics in the kindergarten

By Melanie McDonagh

Books

Meghan Markle’s children’s book is going to be atrocious

You can tell on the basis of about 20 words

By Melanie McDonagh

Religion

Out of my mind: the rise of mindfulness

Does meditation make us kinder people?

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

Meghan, Harry and the trouble with Oprah’s ‘truth’

There is ‘the truth’ and there is ‘your opinion’

By Melanie McDonagh

Poetry

Amanda Gorman was let down by a terrible poem

Look at the actual text

By Melanie McDonagh

The echoes of Diana in Prince Harry

Harry is what might have happened to Diana if she’d been transported to California and learned to speak woke

By Melanie McDonagh

Home

The truth about Christmas card virtue signalers

Shut the blazes up about what you’re donating

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

What my father-in-law’s death taught me about COVID

You don’t get points for being defiant towards COVID-19: it really doesn’t care

By Melanie McDonagh

Home

Save me from the cult of instant intimacy

Formality can be helpful in our dealings with other people

By Melanie McDonagh

Internet

The terror of choosing the wrong email sign off

Emails seem easy-going, but we’re using them for lots of work messages too

By Melanie McDonagh

Politics

Who cares what Harry and Meghan think about Trump?

Meghan’s views, sans title and sans husband, would not feature in an influential magazine

By Melanie McDonagh

Faith

Who’s afraid of Amy Coney Barrett?

Her views on the Constitution really shouldn’t scare the horses

By Melanie McDonagh

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