To Scotland, one union must matter | Matthew Cowley

Two years ago, Scotland spent months debating the merits of independence. In September 2014, they voted overwhelmingly to remain in the United Kingdom – by a margin of over 10% and 500,000 votes. One would not believe that such a debate had taken place with today’s rhetoric. The clamour to remain in the European Union […]

Imperial measurements for independent Britain | Alexander Masir

When people talk of new opportunities that will follow Brexit, they usually have laws, new bilateral deals, or border control in mind, but there is something else that is hopefully on the way – imperial units. There is ample reason for the reintroduction of pounds and ounces, and even more for the retention of inches, […]

Refusing to bake a cake is not discrimination | Joseph Prebble

If anyone heard me semi-audibly whisper-shout ‘f*** off’ at my phone screen in statistics yesterday morning, know that it was not because of my phone being slow or a lack of coffee. No, it was the death of true justice and freedom of opinion that should act as a warning to everyone who may one […]

Drugs? ‘Weed’ be better off legalising | Matthew Cowley

The purpose of criminalising drug use is supposedly to reduce such usage and the resultant negative effects thereof – which seems like a perfectly acceptable aim. However, if we accept that reducing ill effects is an acceptable aim for a state to have, then the questions around any policy with such an aim have to […]

The left must break out its safe space | Robbie Travers

Is it not interesting that often those who purport to be the most fervent critics of prejudice on UK university campuses today seem to wish to avoid directly confronting prejudiced views? One would think that an anti-racist wouldn’t need a safe space from racism. Anti-racists, by their titular expertise, are surely experts in tackling supposedly […]

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As Liberalism Dies, Marriage can be Reborn | Oliver Norgrove

Thanks in large part to a damning referendum result and swift change of government, British conservatism appears to have been offered an escape route out of muted, liberal imprisonment. It has been a long while, and ecstatic though I am that patriotic conservatism is once again firmly on the agenda, I remain hesitant over what […]

Theresa May is not unelected | Matthew Cowley

There are many conflicts inherent within modern politics: the fact that we bemoan the lack of young people in politics and yet berate young politicians as both inexperienced and careerist; our desire for more ‘normal’ people in politics but our aversion to paying a wage that would enable less affluent people to afford to enter […]

Labour Must Solve Their Questions Before Voters Do | Joseph Prebble

The message at the recent Labour Party conference was one of unity and strong, undivided opposition to the Tory government, but the splits in the membership were no less present than they were before the leadership contest. The country has been promised the constitutional necessity of a strong opposition that coherently holds the government to […]

Britain’s New Anti-Semitism | Alexander Masir

Coming to Britain and encountering anti-Semitism has been one of the most surprising experiences in my life. I originate from a Hungarian town that has seen its two synagogues deconsecrated, their congregation forced into a ghetto or deported, with only 70 of them to return. There, when we spoke of the West, we thought of […]