Russia’s election: flawed, but a sign of progress | Phil Sheppard

This Sunday, millions of Russians will be heading to the polls to vote in elections for Russia’s parliament, the State Duma; the eighth since the first free election in 1990. Many observers and ordinary Russians believe that this election is the least fascinating, as there is much less media coverage of it than one might […]

A Trump presidency will see Scottish politicians eating their words | Robert Blackley

Could Scotland Benefit From President Trump? If any issue has defined Scottish public life in recent times it is the question of Scotland’s place in the world. Twice in the space of three years Scots have been asked where our beautiful green plot ought to sit, both in terms of the United Kingdom and our […]

Brexit means letting Theresa May get on with it | Matthew Cowley

The impact of uncertainty on an economy has never been more apparent than in the case of the Brexit vote. Nothing has changed since the vote – the UK remains in the European Union, Article 50 has not been activated, and no deal for departure has been agreed – and yet the markets have already […]

ISIS will not leave us alone: we must fight them | David Browne

“If we don’t provoke them, they’ll leave us alone”. At its heart, this appears to be a core belief of the “non-interventionist” lobby, but it’s rarely expressed so plainly. Rather, we’re told that “Western foreign policy” is responsible for just about every ill in the Middle East at present – cue Chomsky’s famous line that […]

Lebanon and its Christian people: Under threat | Mira Dandan

One would naturally assume that a piece of land that shares its borders with Israel and Syria, and is in very close proximity to Turkey, is currently bathing in blood. What many may not imagine is that this exact land is the homeland of Christians, a party capital and holiday destination for tourists from around […]

Grammar schools: A vital lifeline for social mobility | Harry Mason

Aside From “Brexit means Brexit”, Theresa May’s boldest commitment so far has been the grammar school revolution – the proposal to repeal Labour’s 1998 ban on the opening of new grammar schools, in order to give England’s brightest youngsters an encouraging platform from which to leap, regardless of class or social status. It’s wonderful to […]

Feminism: Discussed by the left, practiced by the right | Jodie Clark

As a woman, I am often informed by subscribers to the political left’s vision of feminism that I am underprivileged and hindered by my gender. Well, I am here to tell you that this has never been the case. My gender empowers me, and has always given me an edge, in all my endeavours. As an […]

Boundary change: Arbitrary and ill-advised | Daniel Beer

It’s not every week I wake to find myself in stark agreement with the Huffington Post, the Labour Party and the Daily Mirror. Political outlets and organisations which one can usually count on to put forward unreasonable, unrealistic and occasionally downright absurd arguments have, for once, got it absolutely spot on: the current proposals for […]

The Lords need reform, but not elections | Jamie Hollywood

The House of Lords serves as the upper chamber in the British bicameral parliament, its role to act as a check and balance to the power of the House of Commons. Recently, we have seen more calls than ever to see a proportion of the House of Lords become an elected body, last attempted via […]

Campus conservatives must be empowered | Matthew Cowley

There is a stigma attached to being a Tory, particularly as a young person, and this is a problem that needs to be addressed by the Party now more than ever. While people vote for the Conservative Party, and agree with their policies, they are afraid to admit it. Even long-time supporters and voters find themselves […]