Conservatives Should Be Natural Environmentalists | Matthew Cowley

The Conservative Party’s decision to act to reduce the impact of things like plastic and diesel on our environment are some of the headline policies from a series of brilliant initiatives from Environment Secretary Michael Gove as he looks to safeguard our environment for future generations. While Gove and the Conservative Party have made progress […]

Why Conservative students should utilise Social Media platforms | Matthew Cowley

How people receive information has changed vastly over the last couple of decades. With a new generation of voters increasingly reliant on social media for news, views and campaigning, conservatives need to adapt quickly to stave off a demographic problem in our voter base. Labour’s 2017 General Election campaign successfully converted young people into voters […]

Make America Whole Again! | Joseph Prebble

Last night saw a triumph for the Democratic Party. The party held the governorship in Virginia and swabbed New Jersey from the hold of the Republicans, due no doubt in large part to the historic unpopularity of Governor and former Presidential candidate Chris Christie. This was complemented by a raft of downballot Democratic victories across […]

Educating People for Society, Not Just the Workforce | Matthew Cowley

School is supposed to prepare you for the real world. Theoretically it gives you the skills and the experiences needed to survive and thrive in adulthood – otherwise why would we subject people to it? Except it doesn’t really prepare you for the real world. Remember that time you went to work and you spent […]

If you challenge nothing, you challenge no one | Matthew Cowley

One of the first things you learn in debating is that understanding the arguments in favour of your position is only half the battle when making a watertight case. A good debater should be able to understand in detail the arguments that their opponents might make, because in understanding those arguments you can find potential […]

Leave Theresa alone! | Joseph Prebble

Say what you will about Theresa May, but she is not likely to be getting much sleep lately. As if the usual business of a Brexit marathon, a raft of domestic policy, a press slathering over every misplaced word, and everlasting bickering in her Parliamentary party were not enough, she endures a horrible conference. Between […]

It’s time to change the status quo of statehood | Matthew Cowley

“National aspirations must be respected; people may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent. ‘Self-determination’ is not a mere phrase; it is an imperative principle of action.” – Woodrow Wilson, 1918. Forgive me for opening with a quote, but it is an important one. 100 years ago in February, the status quo […]

If We Don’t Stand for Anything, We Might as Well Not Stand At All | Matthew Cowley

After the surprise result of the 2017 General Election, a lot of Conservative activists have speculated as to how we might emulate the success of Jeremy Corbyn’s election machine, in such a way that shows that there are still lessons to be learnt from 2017. Those who have formed movements like ‘Moggmentum’ to coalesce around […]

Introducing The Mallard’s New Editor: Jake Scott

First, a note from the outgoing editor… The Mallard is precisely one year old today. Happy birthday to us, and all that jazz. What a tremendous year it’s been, in politics. We’ve had Trump, we’ve had Article 50, and we’ve had the ill-fated general election. It’s been an absolute privilege to read and publish the […]

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. […]