Le Pen would be a calamity for Britain | Will Saunders

This evening sees the climax of France’s most divisive and bitterly contested election campaign in history. Emmanuel Macron faces off against Marine Le Pen, in a rendition of the battle that seems to structure Western political process with an inexorably growing prevalence: no longer the left against the right, but instead cosmopolitan globalism versus that […]

The NUS’s ideological NSS boycott is against the interests of their members | Will Saunders

By now, tens of thousands of students the length and breadth of the country will have received emails inviting them to take part in the National Students Survey, commonly known as the NSS. But they’re also likely to have been the recipients of another email, from their students’ union, advising them that the National Union […]

Why Students Should Vote Conservative on June the 8th.

By Will Saunders, editor of The Mallard Students! The Conservatives need your vote! No, we’re not promising loads of free stuff – but that’s because we want to make promises we can keep, rather than ones that just sound nice in the election campaign. Over the last seven years, Conservative-led governments have delivered key policies […]

We Already Have a Strategy for Beating the Liberals | Will Saunders

Today’s announcement of a snap election is excellent news – of that, we can be confident. Amidst Labour disarray and Liberal Democrat impotence, the probability of an increased Conservative majority being delivered on June 8th seems high. Functioning as the main voice in Westminster for embittered Remainers, the Liberal Democrats will scent opportunity. A number […]

Taxing Private Schools is a Despicable Policy | Will Saunders

My parents are not wealthy. Neither lives a life of luxury; and neither ever has. And yet, through their own extraordinary dedication to my sister and me, they managed to put us both through private school – all the way for my sister, and up until grammar school sufficed in my case. It is precisely […]

Douglas Carswell’s Departure from UKIP: Curse or Blessing? Two Voices

A Blessing As many have delighted in doing recently, some have branded Douglas Carswell’s departure from UKIP as a sign of the party’s terminal demise. This is on paper a loss of an MP, and a return to the darker days of having zero MPs. However, it is not the loss of a genuine voice […]

In the darkest times, shine the brightest lights | Will Saunders

It is almost difficult to think, let alone speak or even type right now. Thankfully, it seems none of the many people I know who work in and around Westminster were among those injured or killed today – but that is my individual fortune. The families and friends of three people are not so fortunate […]

Nicola Sturgeon has no mandate to take Scotland back into the EU | Will Saunders

Nicola Sturgeon has today reaffirmed her commitment to taking an independent Scotland back into the EU. Fair’s fair, she’s a masterful political operator: there is not yet a guarantee of a second referendum being held – and yet the First Minister is already talking about what she’ll do after securing, fighting and winning it. Which, […]

National insurance row aside, Hammond’s Budget is a death sentence for Labour | Will Saunders

On 13th August 1964, Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans were hanged for the murder of John Alan West, at Walton Prison in Liverpool, and Manchester’s infamous Strangeways, respectively. History buffs will be all too aware that these two executions were the last carried out in the UK, before capital punishment was suspended the […]

UC Berkeley, free speech…and Milo Yiannopoulos | Will Saunders

As the dust settles after UC Berkeley’s violent riots and subsequent cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulous’s speech, it is important, however painful, to once again haul ourselves over the coals of the campus free-speech question. Were Berkeley right to cancel Yiannopoulous’s visit, in the face of such vehement resistance? In a word: no. Clichéd as such […]