What Activate can teach us | Jake Scott

The media storm that has broken over the last 72 hours surrounding ‘Activate’ has been hectic, to say the least. Conflicting newspaper and online articles have misunderstood the group’s intentions, origins and organisation, as well as lambasted the individuals involved who – for the most part – are little older than seventeen, are (or were) […]

Conservatism is the new punk rock? | Jacob Parry

Infamous right-wing Youtuber, Paul Joseph Watson was wrong when he made the statement “conservatism is the new punk rock; he put the chicken before the egg. If anything: punk rock was new Conservatism.Punk was rejection of the 68er hippy movement, an abandonment of the warm fuzz of the acid and dope generation. The drugs reflecting […]

The Politics of Contempt | Jake Scott

Many of us have doubtless heard the satire doing the rounds recently; that Corbyn’s Labour Party is suffering from the delusion in thinking it won the General Election in June, that it views itself as a “government in waiting”, and that Corbyn has a mandate from the people to pursue the promises and policies laid […]

Conscience of a Conservative: How Barry Goldwater’s Ideas Could Save Us | Sarah Stook

In 1960, US Senator for Arizona, Barry Goldwater released ‘Conscience of a Conservative,’ a book in which he laid out his views on conservatism, the Republican Party and the politics of the United States of America. Four years later, Goldwater would be decimated in an election against incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson, who was riding on […]

Polarised Politics Makes Society Worse | Matthew Cowley

People with different political views to your own merely have different perspectives on how to make society better, rather than whether to make society better. If you believe that their policy prescriptions do nothing to improve society, or even make it worse, then challenge them on the policies that they propose, not their moral character. […]

Keep Rees-Mogg away from the Leadership | Jake Scott

It seems lately that those who know nothing of politics become enamoured with politicians. This is no surprise; policy details are complex, never mind the intricacies of parliamentary procedure, the layers of bureaucracy and accountability, and the actual legislative process that turns political ideas into reality. After all, most people either don’t have the inclination […]

Trump’s Administration Cannot Succeed Without a Clear Agenda │ Joseph Prebble

A little over seven months into his first term, President Donald Trump is spending his time retweeting random members of the public who pay him compliments, blasting the FAKE NEWS media, and boasting of his successes. There has never been a one-man public relations offensive quite like it. That he feels the need to do […]

Mallard View: The Guardian’s Politics of Division

Having recently praised France’s rejection of the politics of division, Joseph Harker may, at first glance, appear an upstanding member of the thoughtful commentariat. Not so. In a quite astounding piece, Harker, the Guardian’s deputy opinion editor, has written, in support of freshly elected Labour MP Laura Pidcock’s similar statement, of his refusal to count […]

Safe Spaces on Trains? No Thanks! │ Sarah Stook

In a recent discussion, Derby North MP Chris Williamson suggested that ideas for female only carriages on trains should be brought up again. As sexual harassment and assault on public transport rises, the Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services believes that it could offer a ‘safe space’ for the thousands of women who use […]

My Top Ten: US First Ladies | Sarah Stook

Since George Washington ascended the office of President in 1789, the office of First Lady has also existed, with Martha Washington being the first to take up the mantle. For over two hundred years, these women have been constant residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Though they are usually wives, daughters, sisters and friends of bachelors […]