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 […]

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 […]

Trump’s SCOTUS Pick: Neil Gorsuch | Andrew Reed

After a 54-45 vote in the Senate, Neil Gorsuch is now officially one of the nine justices of the American Supreme Court. But what does someone have to do in order to get this lifetime job? One needs to be appointed by the President, and they shall serve until they retire or die. Consequently, the […]

In Defence of the Vanishing Centrism | Joe Broughton

It is an incontrovertible truth that here in Britain and beyond, we are seeing nothing short of an ideological war taking place in the political arena. In the UK, for example, we see on display radical populism on both left and right, with the centre-ground or Third Way, that so successfully won elections back in […]

The May-Trump Realpolitik is Vital in the Face of Assad | Monika Užkalnytė

As a young conservative, I am treated to a plethora of interesting (to the point of amusing) comments about my political views, one of my most treasured being, “What do you mean you support Theresa May’s decisions? She’s best friends with Trump!” If anyone is able to identify at what point in time a handshake […]

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 […]

In the darkest times, shine the brightest lights | Will Saunders

It is almost difficult to think, let alone speak or even type right now. Thankfully, it seems none of the many people I know who work in and around Westminster were among those injured or killed today – but that is my individual fortune. The families and friends of three people are not so fortunate […]

Dear NUS | Matthew Cowley

Dear NUS, I’d like to start this open letter by congratulating you on successfully building an organisation out of your echo chamber. For most people, that is merely a pipe-dream, but you have successfully transformed the Twitter feed of a member of the Socialist Party into an organisation of unparalleled incompetence. Whether you are arguing […]

The anti-rationalism of modern socialism | Jake Scott

In the second half of the twentieth century, the famous English conservative Michael Oakeshott delivered his powerful polemic against rationalism in politics. In this, he claimed the projects of rationalism that littered Europe had been generated by the false belief that the rich complexities of human society could be – and should be – reducible […]

The Media Brought Trump’s War Upon Themselves | Will Saunders

No one could call President Trump’s behaviour toward CNN’s Jim Acosta statesmanlike. In scenes that reverberated – or perhaps ricocheted – around the world, the then-President-elect attacked CNN in a press conference, before refusing to take a question from its representative, whilst calling it “terrible”, and asserting it constitutes “fake news”. It was, as Acosta […]