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’s ideological NSS boycott is against the interests of their members | Will Saunders

By now, tens of thousands of students the length and breadth of the country will have received emails inviting them to take part in the National Students Survey, commonly known as the NSS. But they’re also likely to have been the recipients of another email, from their students’ union, advising them that the National Union […]

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 […]

Taxing Private Schools is a Despicable Policy | Will Saunders

My parents are not wealthy. Neither lives a life of luxury; and neither ever has. And yet, through their own extraordinary dedication to my sister and me, they managed to put us both through private school – all the way for my sister, and up until grammar school sufficed in my case. It is precisely […]

Douglas Carswell’s Departure from UKIP: Curse or Blessing? Two Voices

A Blessing As many have delighted in doing recently, some have branded Douglas Carswell’s departure from UKIP as a sign of the party’s terminal demise. This is on paper a loss of an MP, and a return to the darker days of having zero MPs. However, it is not the loss of a genuine voice […]

To Christmas, to family | Will Saunders

We are told, in this confusing age of such swirling flux and old-fangled modernity, that Christmas has little place. It is but a consumerist parody of its former self, a ghost that lingers to serve only the masters of the rat race we run ourselves ragged in. Instead of coming together, and appreciating the candlelit company […]

£369m for Buckingham Palace? Bargain! | Will Saunders

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Children beware: Mhairi Black is back in town. Like a spiteful anti-Santa, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South has reared her head at the start of the festive season, to tell us we can’t afford Buckingham Palace. Perhaps the youngest MP to be elected since 1667 was just reacting […]

Burning the flag is a fundamental freedom | Will Saunders

Growing up, I used to argue with my dad all the time. Whatever it was about, I’d feel the rising of that teen anger at what seems such inexplicable injustice. I’m ashamed to say (though I’m confident that I’m by no means alone in this) that, on occasion, I lashed out, and tried to hit […]

Trump: The next president of America, if Clinton plays her cards wrong | Will Saunders

To be brutally honest, I’ve reached the point of despair with the US election. Both Clinton and Trump appear grotesque caricatures, and I’ve begun to resign myself to a four-year wait until 2020 to take an interest in US politics again, when the Republican Party can manage to nominate a sensible, principled candidate to defeat Hillary, […]