Melanie Phillips


The end of childhood - what we lost when we dropped the age of consent

14 March 2015 9:00 am

When the state excuses underage sex, what chance do our children have?


What our leaders would say if they really cared about defending Britain's Jews

2 August 2014 9:00 am

What our political leaders would say if they really cared about halting anti-Semitic attacks


Israel abandoned

19 July 2014 9:00 am

The anti-Semitic West almost seems to want Israelis to suffer


The Revd Paul Flowers ticked all the right 'progressive' boxes — that's why he could get away with anything

23 November 2013 9:00 am

The Paul Flowers scandal says much about social and political priorities of modern Britain


The elderly are driving the recovery. It's time for generational jihadists to say 'thanks'

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The elderly are being scapegoated for the economic misfortunes of the young – when in fact they are driving the recovery


I think, therefore I’m guilty

18 September 2010 12:00 am

Britain is a liberal and progressive utopia – and the authorities will arrest anyone who disagrees

Welcome to the Age of Irrationality

28 April 2010 12:00 am

The Western mind is snapping shut, says Melanie Phillips. Are we entering a new era of anti-enlightenment?

Al-Qa’eda has relocated to Africa

30 December 2009 12:00 am

The case of Umar Abdulmutallab shows us that Islamism is now a global phenomenon, says Melanie Phillips. But we must keep fighting it on every front


2 December 2009 12:00 am

Melanie Phillips opens her diary

The clash of uncivilisations

21 October 2009 12:00 am

The BNP are using the public’s real fear of Islamism to attract support for their racist movement, says Melanie Phillips. If the political class wants to take on Griffin, it must first join the fight against Islamofascism

Beware the new axis of evangelicals and Islamists

4 March 2009 12:00 am

Melanie Phillips says there is a dangerous new alliance between anti-Israel Christians and radical Muslim groups, often plotting in secret against their common enemy

Happy 60th birthday, Israel: well done for surviving

30 April 2008 12:00 am

Melanie Phillips says that the prosperity and growing cultural confidence of Israel is a fitting riposte to the Western intelligentsia, American meddling and the daily propaganda assault that ignores the Islamisation of the Palestinians


A major defeat in the war to defend the free world

1 August 2007 5:06 pm

Shortly after the release of Alan Johnston from Gaza the website of Conflicts Forum, a group advocating engagement with Islamists and which is run by the former MI6 officer Alastair Crooke, posted a fascinating transcript.

The wizards of Oz have got it right

14 March 2007 4:26 pm

Australian ministers are clear-sighted about the war on terror

A terror so great we forgot it at once

6 December 2006 5:26 pm

Dhiren Barot’s case faded because it revealed unbearable truths

Hezbollah cells await Iran’s orders

2 August 2006 4:44 pm

Hezbollah sleeper cells in Western Europe are awaiting instructions from Tehran, says Melanie Phillips. Sunni and Shia are uniting in their hatred of the West, and Britain may soon be another front in a war that extends far beyond Lebanon


30 October 2004 12:00 am

Its time to gain respect among the toddlers

Let’s bring back stigma and shame

25 September 2004 12:00 am

Melanie Phillips says that adultery undermines liberal democracy, but the recent Turkish proposal to outlaw it was fatuous (and fascistic)

Why do politicians lie? Because they have to

18 October 2003 12:00 am

Melanie Phillips says that both Tories and New Labour make impossible promises, and flee from the issues that really trouble voters

Honest Tony

27 September 2003 12:00 am

Melanie Phillips says that The Spectator has got it wrong: the Hutton inquiry does vindicate the government

Road-map to Hell

17 May 2003 12:00 am

Melanie Phillips says the Arabs don't want a separate Palestinian state: they want the end of Israel