The Broadest Churches Will Always Collapse | Jake Scott

I’ve seen a lot of comments about the Conservative Party’s manifesto in the General Election this year; from the Left, it has been branded “more right wing than David Cameron ever dared to be”. From the Right, it has been decried as “blue Labour” or “red Tory”, and an abandonment of conservative principles – one Independent […]

Why leaving the EU allows us to reduce VAT │ Jake Scott

There have been fewer heated topics in the last year than that of luxury item Value Added Tax (VAT) and the product this targets most obviously – the tampon. Crudely dubbed, the “tampon tax” has incensed the internet’s most ardent keyboard activists who shout that a tax on a bodily function is despicable. I’m inclined […]

A Conservative Case for Trigger Warnings | Nicholas Linfoot

Trigger warnings, an intellectual flashpoint, a source of clashes, debates and countless furious Twitter spats. Almost universally associated with the more liberal wing of the political world, there is, however, an argument that trigger warnings – far from being the next step in some liberal conspiracy by the “remoaners” to “kill Pepe” – are in […]

The Legacy of Sexual Assault in Warzones | Sarah Stook

Part 1 in A World in Crisis. Warning that this article contains brief descriptions of the aftermath of violent rape. In December 2013, war erupted in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. A country only aged two at the start of the conflict, government instability led to the crisis that is still raging today. Ethnic […]

May ’til Christmas?│Sebastian Cousins

Grassroots anger is growing. Demands for Christmas to be an exodus and genesis increase in volume. The end of May is nearing. To be honest, that was a tad melodramatic. And, though almost everyone on the political spectrum wants her to go for various reasons,  May is not going to jump, nor does the party’s […]

How The Democrats Were Lost │Sarah Stook

The 2016 US Presidential Election, the 58th of its kind was nothing short of exciting. With a colourful array of candidates, quick quips, harsh insults and insane policy being thrown around, even those disinterested in politics found it to be an exciting election cycle. The candidates themselves were what made it. Even minor candidates such […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (V): Society

As is usually the case, this article begins with ruminations on Baroness Thatcher’s contribution to the legacy of conservatism. Margaret Thatcher once (in)famously declared that there is “no such thing as society”. It earned her the enmity of the Left permanently, whose very philosophy is built around the primacy of society and the subjection of […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (IV): Government

Since the advent of Thatcherism, conservatives have been increasingly confused over their own attitude to government. The Thatcherite mantra of “rolling back the frontiers of the state” hid a deceptively subtle shift in the frontiers of the state, rather than its simple reduction. Nor is this a British headache only; Schleuter and Wenzel discuss the […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (III): Capitalism

Since the days of Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party has been the defender of free market capitalism and, apparently, the prevailing global neoliberal consensus. The latest 2017 General Election manifesto, however, showed a desire to move away from this economic order to the more “middle-ground Toryism” of the days of Harold Macmillan, and so the […]

A Historical Analysis of the Republican Party

From the party dedicated to the freedom of the enslaved, to the one who is a staple of Western right-wing politics, the Republican Party’s history is as rich and fascinating as their current state. With the Republicans controlling the White House, Congress and Governorships, as well as having a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, […]