Melanie Phillips

Articles: Miscellaneous

  • 26 April 2012

    To judge from what we are reading and hearing almost every day at the moment, it would seem Britain is in the throes of a war of religion. A war, that is, between religion and atheism.

    Published in: Standpoint

  • 30 January 2012

    Was there ever a more perverse and self-destructive society than the contemporary West? In its attitude to the Middle East and the Islamic world, it appears to suffer from the political equivalent of auto-immune disease: turning on its allies while embracing its enemies.

    Published in: The Australian

  • 12 October 2011

    Mahmoud Abbas is the man who Britain, America and Europe think deserves to be the president of an independent state of Palestine — the establishment of which, they tell themselves, would end the Middle East impasse.

    Published in: Standpoint

  • 27 February 2011

    Some people would doubtless be amazed to learn that, some 10 centuries before the birth of Christ and 17 centuries before the birth of Mohammed, the city of Jerusalem was created by King David as the capital of the united kingdom of Israel and Judea.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 15 February 2011

    The future of Egypt following the departure of President Hosni Mubarak remains opaque.

    No one can currently predict whether it will end up as a democracy with free elections, a military dictatorship, or an Islamic theocratic tyranny.

    But the Western Left has known one thing for certain from the very start of

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 3 January 2011

    As we all know by now, Israel has lost the battle for public opinion in the west. Even the Israel government is now acknowledging this fact.

    Published in: Address to Ariel Conference on Law and Mass Media

  • 17 December 2010

    We are living through a global campaign of demonisation and delegitimisation of Israel in which the western media are playing a key role.

    The British media are the global leaders of this campaign in their frenzied and obsessional attacks on Israel.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 15 October 2010

    The obsessive Israel-hatred now coursing through so much of the western world needs to be fought with the greatest possible urgency and strength.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 5 September 2010

    A few years ago, when I was discussing over lunch with the late Irving Kristol the breakdown of Western civilisation (as one did), he asked a question.

    Why was it, he inquired, that there was no organised fightback in Britain to defend its core moral principles and cultural traditions as there was in America?

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 22 July 2010

    Despite all the false starts and nail-biting repair attempts on the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the stain on the sea will eventually dissipate. But can the same be said about the stain on the "special relationship" between the U.S.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 5 July 2010

    Hizb ut-Tahrir , which held its controversial rally in Sydney on Sunday, is not just yet another radical Islamist group.

    It is one of the most manipulative and effective recruitment fronts for the Islamic jihad, particularly among the educated Muslim young.

    It is precisely because its spokesmen do not appear

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 3 July 2010

    Here is a politician with a solid pedigree on the 'anti-racist' Left rejecting former prime minister Kevin Rudd's call for a 'Big Australia' formed by continuing large-scale immigration.

    Instead, Gillard has said she understands the anxieties of folk in western Sydney, western Melbourne or the Gold Coast growth corri

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 15 May 2010

    In Britain, the benefits of diversity are apparently boundless.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 11 April 2010

    Britain has embarked this week on one of the oddest general election campaigns in memory.

    The Labour government under Gordon Brown could hardly have a more catastrophic record to defend. It has bankrupted Britain with astronomical levels of debt.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 15 March 2010

    Like revivalists from an alternative universe, 2500 hardcore believers in the absence of religion packed into the Global Atheists Convention in Melbourne last weekend to give a hero's welcome to the high priest of belief in unbelief, Richard Dawkins.

    The bestselling author of The God Delusion was similarly f

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 1 March 2010

    The British Tories are in a state of finger-gnawing nerves.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 6 December 2009

    In a decision so controversial within Switzerland that it may be overturned, 57.5 per cent voted in a referendum backed by the ultra-conservative Swiss People's Party to ban the construction of any new minarets on mosques.

    Along with much of Europe, the reaction within Britain, where the government is pursuing a poli

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 27 February 2009

    In a letter to the Jerusalem Post, David Harris, director of the American Jewish Committee [AJC], has defended his organization’s decision to participate in the preparatory meeting for Durban II — the follow-up to the 2001 U.N.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 6 November 2008

    In Britain, there is a collective swoon over the election of Barack Obama. Media superlatives have exhausted the lexicon of cliches. Journalists wept with joy over his acceptance speech. Even members of the Conservative shadow cabinet are firmly in the fan club. There’s been nothing like it since...

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 11 September 2008

    London — Earlier this week, a British jury convicted three British Islamists of conspiracy to murder, acquitted one, and failed to convict four more. This resulted from the investigation of the 2006 summer plot to blow up seven transatlantic airliners between Britain and the U.S.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

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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