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 […]

Boris Johnson is living in the past | Harry Howard

Boris Johnson’s widely anticipated opening speech at this year’s Conservative Party Conference, his first as Foreign Secretary, was typical Boris-style; bombastic, laced with humour, and of course, a few concoctions thrown in. Given the environment in which he was making the speech: post-Brexit vote, post Iraq, post Blair, you would have thought that, since the […]

It’s a “No” for Nicola | Oluf Marshall

Addressing the first day of Conservative Party Conference yesterday, Theresa May spoke out: “We voted in the referendum as one United Kingdom, we negotiated as one United Kingdom and will leave as one United Kingdom.” Good. It’s about time someone took a stand against the SNP’s divisive post-referendum mischief. The UK’s decision to leave the […]

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 […]