Foreign policy: the case for realism | James Chisem

“Errol Morris: Is it the feeling that you’re damned if you do, and if you don’t, no matter what? Robert S. McNamara: Yeah, that’s right. And I’d rather be damned if I don’t.”  — The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) December 2015. A few days after the […]

Trump: The next president of America, if Clinton plays her cards wrong | Will Saunders

To be brutally honest, I’ve reached the point of despair with the US election. Both Clinton and Trump appear grotesque caricatures, and I’ve begun to resign myself to a four-year wait until 2020 to take an interest in US politics again, when the Republican Party can manage to nominate a sensible, principled candidate to defeat Hillary, […]

Peter Hitchens: Tories would guillotine the Queen in Trafalgar Square for power

Peter Hitchens has a very public persona; he is articulate, angry, and often at best abrasive in how he articulates his arguments. The phone rings, and my sense of trepidation builds – will the private Hitchens be a mirror image of the public version? He answers the phone and my fears are partly quashed; his […]

Now is the time to empower local government | Matthew Cowley

2016 has seen a paradigm shift in our political system. The Brexit vote will lead to significant areas of legislative control being returned to the Westminster Parliament, while the proposed boundary changes will see the number of MPs in the Commons reduced by 50, to 600. With these two events in particular in mind, is […]

Universities need a mental health revolution | Danny Bowman

Think back to that midsummer’s day in July, when, on the steps of 10 Downing Street, Theresa May gave her inaugural address to the British people as their new Prime Minister. Promising to make the country one that “works for everyone”, her speech contained one sentence that signified that perhaps, at long last, the issue […]

The NUS’s censorship has rendered it unfit for purpose | Luke Nash-Jones

Last week, many young anti-NUS activists across the UK were both thrilled and surprised to hear that Prime Minister Theresa May, and also Tory MP Victoria Atkins, have heard our voice, as they hit out during Prime Minister’s Questions at the “safe space” policy found on many university campuses. Fascinating words, and potentially a crucial […]

Grammar schools: selective aspiration beats comprehensive failure | Joseph Prebble

I am not a huge fan of Theresa May. Her time as Home Secretary was plagued by a hopeless failure to meet immigration targets and the growth of a quasi-surveillance state. So it is with pleasant surprise that I greet her and education secretary Justine Greening’s brave foray into the potential of grammar schools. I […]

The rise of the neo-con student | Alasdair Johnston

Jeremy Corbyn’s train debacle transformed two suppositions of mine into convictions. The first is that Jeremy Corbyn is utterly useless. The second, perhaps more salient, is that the student Conservative body is increasingly becoming the student neo-conservative body. Keyboard activists immediately set about the task of condemning Jezz for becoming a caricature of something he […]

Russia’s election: flawed, but a sign of progress | Phil Sheppard

This Sunday, millions of Russians will be heading to the polls to vote in elections for Russia’s parliament, the State Duma; the eighth since the first free election in 1990. Many observers and ordinary Russians believe that this election is the least fascinating, as there is much less media coverage of it than one might […]

A Trump presidency will see Scottish politicians eating their words | Robert Blackley

Could Scotland Benefit From President Trump? If any issue has defined Scottish public life in recent times it is the question of Scotland’s place in the world. Twice in the space of three years Scots have been asked where our beautiful green plot ought to sit, both in terms of the United Kingdom and our […]