True to their manifesto pledge, the SNP have steered through legislation that would grant voting rights to prisoners in Scottish prisons. This is a mistake. In a liberal society the imprisonment of heretofore free citizens serves three purposes. The first is...
Tensions between mainland China and Hong Kong are spiralling out of control. Towards the tail end of last year, the Chinese government supressed with disproportionate vigour the pro-autonomy protests. The protests died down slightly since then but there has been a continuation of the independence movement until...
Photo: Reuters.com It’s funny how often in life the bizarre and out of character quickly becomes the norm. We got used to calling Opal Fruits “Starburst”, accepted the prevalence of Twitter, and, at least until recently, accepted a dithering throwback as...
Watch the full version of Brexit: The Movie - the crowdfunded film making the case for Britain to LEAVE the EU on June 23rd. For more information on the film, please visit brexitthemovie.com A huge congratulations to all of those who were behind this project - a marvellous success! Brexit: The Movie...
One Nation. Get used to that phrase: you’ll be hearing and seeing it a lot in the run up to 2015. During last year’s Labour Conference, Ed Miliband delivered a speech so quixotically left-wing that the supposedly right wing media thought he was working undercover for the Tories. ‘Predators and Producers’...
Elijah Pryor responds to Jon Boulton’s Backbencher article on books being removed from the national curriculum. I write this article in response to Jon Boulton’s previous article on The Backbencher: “#getgovereading should try reading for themselves”. Before delving into the my response, I must say from the off that I...
Every Thursday for the past weeks up and down this country, we have clapped for the people saving lives and working around the clock to keep society running amidst one of the biggest crises this country has ever faced. This clapping hasn’t just recognised those working tirelessly...
I’m not usually one for New Years resolutions, or indeed just about anything which requires sustained perseverance and personal discipline, but this year I’m going to make an exception. I want to write more. Some, I hope, will be polished articles. The sort I read over several times before...
On the 13th May 2014, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced that the Court was re-opening its preliminary examination of the ‘Situation in Iraq’. This decision was taken following the submission of further information that alleges officials of the United Kingdom committed war crimes involving systematic detainee...
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