Melanie Phillips

Articles

  • 24 January 2005

    The Conservative party is finally taking the bull by the horns. Today, Michael Howard will put immigration and asylum at the centre of the party's election campaign by undertaking significantly to restrict the numbers coming into Britain.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 21 January 2005

    The Government has announced that it may introduce citizenship ceremonies for all 18 year-olds, in which they would take an oath of allegiance to the Queen, listen to speeches and receive certificates to mark their coming-of-age as British citizens.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 18 January 2005

    Tony Blair's staunch support for President Bush over Iraq has done the Labour Prime Minister great electoral damage in Britain, not least among the country's 1.8 million Muslims.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 17 January 2005

    This has gone way beyond tragedy or even farce. It has become an institutionalised national fraud, with untold consequences for the nation.

    Pupils have been awarded a B grade in maths GCSE despite scoring only 17 per cent, while those scoring 45 per cent were awarded an A.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 10 January 2005

    Christians regularly find their faith pilloried and ridiculed, with the BBC -which seems to bend over backwards not to offend any faith except Christianity - one of the worst offenders.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 3 January 2005

    A catastrophe of the magnitude of the Asian tsunami inevitably hurls the greatest of challenges at religion.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 1 January 2004

    I'd like to start with three short anecdotes.

    A friend went into Blackwells university bookshop in Oxford and asked the counter clerk: 'Do you have a copy of Alan Dershowitz's The Case for Israel?' 'There is no case for Israel', the counter clerk replied.

    Published in: Miscellaneous

  • 1 January 2004

    In fact, they tend to be disillusioned former left-wingers and Democrats; while Irving Kristol, the grand-daddy of neo-conservatism who coined the famous quip that the neo-cons were 'liberals who had been mugged by reality', is a former Trotskyite.

    What 'extreme right' really means is 'extremely moral'.

    Published in: Jewish Chronicle

  • 20 December 2004

    The David Blunkett affair is rapidly being transformed from a one-off scandal into something much bigger and even more unsavoury.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 17 December 2004

    When a government minister resigns after a scandal, there is usually a feeling of closure. With the resignation of the former Home Secretary David Blunkett, however, this has not been the case. It has left a bitter taste in the mouth.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 15 December 2004

    As an accolade, this is one that Britain could certainly do without.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 13 December 2004

    Baroness Warnock is our pre-eminent public philosopher. Whenever the government has had a tricky ethical issue, it has sent for Mary Warnock to pronounce upon it.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 8 December 2004

    The suggestion that we might starve or dehydrate such people to death should be unthinkable.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 6 December 2004

    According to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens, householders should be able to kill burglars and only face prosecution where they are shown to have used 'gratuitous violence'.

    His suggestion was immediately seized on by the Tories, who have thrown their weight behind a private member's bill to allow

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 29 November 2004

    A faithless but repentant wife; a desperate, obsessional lover; and a stoical and forgiving husband trying to salvage his family. It's the stuff of cheap fiction. But the revelations about David Blunkett's private life were ratcheted up yesterday from unseemly soap-opera to high political drama.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 26 November 2004

    Last September, the Times reported some startling remarks made at a private Anglo-Italian conference by the British ambassador to Italy, Sir Ivor Roberts.

    Published in: Jewish Chronicle

  • 26 November 2004

    From time to time, government ministers fret publicly about national identity and fragmenting common bonds.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 22 November 2004

    Last week the Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, attacked the Prince of Wales for remarks he had made in a private memo about Britain's climate of unrealistic expectations.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 18 November 2004

    According to her mother, Melissa has become pregnant again to replace the baby she had lost. Mrs Smith was furious that the school had organised that abortion behind her back. Melissa was furious because she had apparently changed her mind and had wanted to have the aborted baby after all.

    Published in: Daily Mail

  • 15 November 2004

    The Conservative leader Michael Howard's decision to sack him followed newspaper stories which appeared to confirm that, despite his earlier denials, Mr Johnson - who is also editor of the Spectator and married with four young children - had resumed a long-standing affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt, which subsequently e

    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.

Read full biography

Books

  • The World Turned Upside Down
  • Londonistan
  • The Ascent of Woman
  • America's Social Revolution

Contact Melanie

Melanie Phillips
Daily Mail
Northcliffe House
2 Derry Street
London W8 5TT

Contact Melanie