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. […]

Mallard View: The Guardian’s Politics of Division

Having recently praised France’s rejection of the politics of division, Joseph Harker may, at first glance, appear an upstanding member of the thoughtful commentariat. Not so. In a quite astounding piece, Harker, the Guardian’s deputy opinion editor, has written, in support of freshly elected Labour MP Laura Pidcock’s similar statement, of his refusal to count […]

The Answer to the Trump Right and the Corbyn Left | Matthew Cowley

The Trump Right and the Corbyn Left are significantly different on paper, but both are symptoms of the same kind of political problems. Trump rails against free trade and immigration; Corbyn against big multinationals, foreign property investors, and the free movement of capital that enables tax evasion. Their target market is the kind of people […]

The government must renew confidence in its leadership | Joseph Prebble

With lead EU negotiatior Michel Barnier promising to get to ‘the heart of the matter’ in overseeing the UK’s departure from the EU, there has rarely been so urgently a need for a national leader who has both a passionate rigour on the issue and broad support from the country. Only a few months ago […]

We need a Conservative Youth Base | Matthew Cowley

The 2017 General Election saw an unprecedented increase in both youth turnout and support for the Labour Party amongst the young. This was the result of more factors than simply a manifesto aimed at students, it was the result of a combination of Labour’s main strength and the Tories’ main weakness. Labour has a very […]

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 […]

U-turn if you want to | Matthew Cowley

We expect our politicians to make the right decision every time. We expect them to be exemplary role models in every aspect of their private and professional lives. If we want to have a better politics in this country, we need to accept that all our politicians – whatever their party or ideological background – […]

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 has Failed Students, We Deserve Better | Matthew Cowley

Rather than a student movement, the NUS is an ideological clique limping towards oblivion. The new NUS President may be a marginal improvement on her anti-Semitic predecessor, but with a professed desire to ‘kick out the Tories’ she remains an emblem of an NUS unable to do its job. The role of the NUS is […]

UKIP: Decline and Fall | Chris Murray

Under the transformative leadership of chief Brexiteer, Nigel Farage, the UK Independence Party not only played a pivotal role in achieving its primary goal of engineering a political climate which allowed the people of the UK the opportunity to make the courageous decision that they eventually did to escape the clutches of the undemocratic Brussels-based […]