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 […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (IV): Government

Since the advent of Thatcherism, conservatives have been increasingly confused over their own attitude to government. The Thatcherite mantra of “rolling back the frontiers of the state” hid a deceptively subtle shift in the frontiers of the state, rather than its simple reduction. Nor is this a British headache only; Schleuter and Wenzel discuss the […]

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 […]

No Time For Complacency | Sarah Stook

It’s time. Just a little under a year after Britain flocked to the polls to vote in a once in a generation referendum (take note, Ms. Sturgeon), they will be returning again for another general election. It came, to put it lightly, as a bit of a surprise. Even as Theresa May stepped up outside […]

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 […]

Theresa May is not unelected | Matthew Cowley

There are many conflicts inherent within modern politics: the fact that we bemoan the lack of young people in politics and yet berate young politicians as both inexperienced and careerist; our desire for more ‘normal’ people in politics but our aversion to paying a wage that would enable less affluent people to afford to enter […]

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 […]

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 […]