Melanie Phillips


  • 6 April 2004

    Well, there's a surprise. A study by economists at Nottingham university has found that the government's strategy to reduce destructive sexual behaviour among teenagers has actually encouraged it instead.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 5 April 2004

    Far from being damped down by the resignation of Beverley Hughes, the immigration inferno is not only threatening to engulf both another junior minister, Fiona MacTaggart and her boss David Blunkett, but is now flickering towards the feet of the Prime Minister himself.

    Reports yesterday suggested that Tony Blair made a

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 31 March 2004

    The extraordinary leaked email from the British Consul in Bucharest has fanned the smouldering row over immigration policy into a full-blown conflagration.

    For the issue is no longer whether it was or was not official policy to cut corners in order to tackle the immense backlog of immigration cases.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 29 March 2004

    Nothing illustrates the shallowness of the Prime Minister's grasp of the British national interest and Parliamentary democracy better than his astonishing attitude towards the EU constitution.

    He has now indicated that he intends to shoehorn this through Parliament with unseemly haste.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 22 March 2004

    In the middle of the most alarming terrorist threat in the country's history, producing jittery warnings to be vigilant at all times, two anti-war demonstrators managed to scale Big Ben at the weekend under the noses of the police.

    With the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens claiming that Britain's anti-t

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 19 March 2004

    The Spanish election result is quite simply a catastrophe for democrats and lovers of peace and freedom all over the world. Following the carnage in Madrid, 11 million Spaniards marched in apparent solidarity against terror.

    Published in: Jewish Chronicle

  • 15 March 2004

    On the videotape which purported to claim responsibility by al Q'aeda for the carnage in Madrid, one line in particular sounded an absolutely chilling and authentic note. 'You love life', said the speaker, 'and we love death'.

    Last night, the shattered citizens of Spain threw out their government.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 14 March 2004

    It is an odd fact that, despite his reputation for supremely manipulative political skills, the Prime Minister has made such a poor fist of selling his case for the war against Iraq.

    Those who are anti-war may say it's because he took the country to war on a lie.

    Published in: Jewish Chronicle

  • 8 March 2004

    Almost without notice by the public, an astonishing proposal to falsify sexual identity and make criminals out of people who tell the truth about it is on the way to being approved by Parliament.

    Tomorrow, the Gender Recognition Bill which gives rights to transsexuals - people who believe they belong to the opposite sex

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 3 March 2004

    Sending someone to prison is supposed to achieve various things. It acts as a deterrent, protects the public, and (hopefully) trains inmates for a more law- abiding life. But at its very core, the purpose of prison is to punish.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 1 March 2004

    The crisis of credibility over the government's case for war against Iraq appears to be deepening by the day. Demands are mounting for the Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith, to publish his full opinion on whether the war was legal.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 29 February 2004

    As a Jew, I left the screening of The Passion in a state of shock.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 23 February 2004

    From the moment that surgeon Andrew Wakefield first published his explosive theory suggesting a link between autism, bowel disease and the measles, mumps and rubella triple jab, the government and the medical establishment have been determined to discredit him and thus destroy his research.

    Over the weekend, it looked a

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 22 February 2004

    Let us all agree on one thing at least. The more Jews warn that antisemitism has come roaring out of the closet, the more people don't like the Jews. Which is a bit of a problem if you believe, as I do, that the oldest hatred has indeed alarmingly resurfaced but is hiding under the respectable skirts of hostility to Israel.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 21 February 2004

    Quite simply, immigration is the issue of our age. And the reason it's becoming increasingly contentious is that it calls into question the very future and character of the nation that our children will inherit.

    Not that this issue is confined to Britain.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 20 February 2004

    David Goodhart, editor of the liberal magazine Prospect, has written a thoughtful article about national identity and the challenges it faces from mass immigration.

    Published in: Jewish Chronicle

  • 18 February 2004

    After endless leaks, the interim Tomlinson plan to reform the shambles of the school examination system has finally been published. Having read it, one frankly doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 16 February 2004

    The Tories are about to magic a rabbit out of their hat. They are going to show us how they can promise simultaneously to shrink the size of the state while guaranteeing to increase public spending on hospitals and schools.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 11 February 2004

    The poignant, handwritten diary entry in its childish, rounded letters says it all. 'I had my termanation (sic). Then in brackets underneath: (killed my baby).'

    Through these few words, one can only guess at the turmoil in the mind of this 15 year-old girl as she struggled to come to terms with what she had done.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 9 February 2004

    On and on it goes. Tony Blair's difficulties over Iraq just won't die down.

    Published in: Daily Mail

About Melanie

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents.

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