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 […]

The Conservatives are the Only Viable Party on June 8th | Matthew Cowley

On June 8th, the country will have a choice. It will be a choice between a strong, united Conservative Party with a plan for Britain and the capacity to deliver a stable Brexit; and a Labour Party divided and led by a leader completely unfit to occupy 10 Downing Street. The only thing that unites […]

Today Marks the Dawn of a New Britain | Matthew Cowley

Today, after many (literal) trials and tribulations, the Prime Minister fired the starting gun on Brexit. In the next two years, we will get more of a glimpse into what Brexit will look like, but here is a quick take on what Brexit should actually mean for Britain. The first (chronologically) and easiest thing for […]

The Scotland Question: Theresa May’s Four Options | Matthew Cowley

The announcement that Nicola Sturgeon thinks a generation lasts five years was an unsurprising one, and it leaves the UK in an interesting position. With it seeming inevitable that the SNP minority government will be able to force their referendum demand through Holyrood, here’s a look at the four options that faced Theresa May yesterday […]

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 […]

Communism fails because there is always a Castro | Matthew Cowley

Watching the outpouring of political platitudes and grief on Saturday, one would never have guessed that the man who had died ruled Cuba from 1959 to 2006 without election before handing over to his brother. Nor that he was a dictator who had routinely rounded up and imprisoned people because they opposed his politics, who […]

Whatever happened to liberal values? | Matthew Cowley

This is not an article about Donald Trump. It is an article about his victory, but it is not about him, or his supporters. This article is about the death of liberal values brought about by their rejection by the very people who claim to uphold them. Democracy is the pinnacle of all social liberal […]

To Scotland, one union must matter | Matthew Cowley

Two years ago, Scotland spent months debating the merits of independence. In September 2014, they voted overwhelmingly to remain in the United Kingdom – by a margin of over 10% and 500,000 votes. One would not believe that such a debate had taken place with today’s rhetoric. The clamour to remain in the European Union […]

Drugs? ‘Weed’ be better off legalising | Matthew Cowley

The purpose of criminalising drug use is supposedly to reduce such usage and the resultant negative effects thereof – which seems like a perfectly acceptable aim. However, if we accept that reducing ill effects is an acceptable aim for a state to have, then the questions around any policy with such an aim have to […]

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 […]