Melanie McDonagh

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

Politics

President Trump’s big Balkan deal

Trump knows if you focus on creating jobs, it makes the political issues an awful lot more manageable

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

Meet Micheál Martin, Ireland’s new Taoiseach

The sense that no matter what the government, things would remain the same made for dull politics, but gave Ireland a certain psychological stability

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

France’s citizens’ climate convention has come back to bite Macron

Mr Macron now has to find a way to evade the consequences of his idiot exercise

By Melanie McDonagh

In praise of President Trump’s positive thinking

In the fight against disease, optimism is not misplaced

By Melanie McDonagh

The puzzling thing about Harry and Meghan’s big announcement

What exactly might their ‘progressive new role’ within the monarchy be?

By Melanie McDonagh

Books

We are all Greta now

A lot of children’s literature today is horribly right-on

By Melanie McDonagh

Even drag queens don’t have license to mock the realities of abortion

Not just ‘Christian groups’ will feel repugnance at this actual Halloween horror

By Melanie McDonagh

Faith

Pope Francis is wrong to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer

Don’t fiddle with scripture; just try to explain what it says

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

Sadiq Khan’s anti-Trump crusade is dull and reductive

The mayor of London has lost it

By Melanie McDonagh

Europe

Will Boris Johnson’s home life put off traditional Tory voters?

The former Foreign Secretary is currently between wives

By Melanie McDonagh

Art

A Hobbit-sized exhibition about Tolkien as pipe-smoker and parent

A new showcase gives us the real Tolkien – not his awful legacy

By Melanie McDonagh

The new Planned Parenthood pro-abortion ad is revolting

If the baby is so cute, she deserves, I’d say, to live. She deserves not to be killed in utero

By Melanie McDonagh

Middle East

Let’s talk about how the Turkish government deals with dissidents abroad

Are Erdogan’s efforts to apprehend members of the Gulenist movement really so different from what the Saudis are alleged to have done?

By Melanie McDonagh

Politics

Why there’s no feminist solidarity for Kellyanne Conway

If you don’t conform to the programme, you’re Not One of Us

By Melanie McDonagh

Faith

The Catholic right will go to any lengths to discredit the Pope

The late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has been smeared

By Melanie McDonagh

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