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...
April 2019. Britain has left the European Union. The U.K. Government has collapsed. Roving Street gangs terrorise the population. The death penalty has been brought back for poaching on common land as the wretched and starving try to hunt game from the tribal land of local warlords. Women are...
Thank you for being a reader and visitor to The Backbencher Online Magazine. Recent weeks have been very busy. We have been putting together our new editorial team and the new Website which we launched last week. In May, we reached...
Breakfast is cool again. Comfortably so. In the last year or so the capital has seen a super-smoothie/farmhouse toast/salmon and eggs-fuelled surge of trendy places to eat your way off to a good day. It is generally something of a speciality for eateries. Unless you're at a swishy hotel or...
With the House returning from summer recess, the first PMQs took place on Wednesday. Many of us were expecting a clash of the titans but instead it seemed a clash of the damp squibs. The first question from Starmer was on the debacle that...
When the Cummings story broke on Saturday morning, the media and country were understandably in uproar. The sheer arrogance and hypocrisy of one of the political ‘elites’ paying such blatant disregard to the isolation and social distancing government guidelines - that he undoubtedly helped...
In the immediate aftermath of the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, an interesting, if entirely predictable, social media phenomenon occurred. Some of the more vocal supporters of Scottish independence rallied round the banner of being one of “the 45”, i.e. one of the 45 per cent of Scots who...
Just who is the illustrious Milton that everyone has been talking about recently? Well, or so he most likely wished they would…   Our good friend Milton is a silly old man and can’t always help saying the controversial thing at the wrong time…he does mean well though! Milton is a...
But it’s in the Constitution! When that document was written a new nation had been formed on the basis that the British Army had repressed them as an arm of the state by enforcing taxation without representation. Worried about the ramifications of a...

Political Comment

Trump has lost the battle but is winning the war

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As I write this, the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election is not yet...

A Response to Gerald Warner

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Earlier this month Gerald Warner explained on the Reaction website why Joe Biden’s candidacy for...

Biden vs Big Tech

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Often defined as the ‘Big Five’ companies of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft, the...

Schools Must Reopen And Unions Must Stop Interfering

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Yesterday, it came to light that a Labour peer, Lord Hendy QC, had written a...

Why I Still Believe In America

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I’m accused regularly of being an American stooge, superfan, or patsy; or, to use the...

The Backbencher questions the Prime Minister on the Market Access Commitment

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Last week we looked at a brief introduction to UK Internal Market white paper, so...

The Backbencher questions the Prime Minister on the UK Internal Market

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With MPs now on summer recess, all may seem quiet on the Westminster scene. There...

Change Our Laws If You Must, But Not Our Culture

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I cannot remember how many conversations I have now had with people about whether or...