The predicted success of “populist” political parties like UKIP in the upcoming EU elections is being cited by a campaign group as a key reason to increase the voting age to 25. Using language remarkably similar to that used by EU federalists and bureaucrats, the Alliance for Responsible Democracy...
Reece Warren calls for the upholding of free speech on campus, and resistance to illiberal leftist Student Union efforts to suppress it There are no two ways about this: Student Unions up and down the country are annihilating the concept of freedom. Why? Because the Student Left are the group...
I like trains.
Lizzie Roberts reports on proposals to introduce Third Class train travel on the East Coast Main Line. As a significant proportion of The Backbencher’s readership is around the same age as myself, I know that many of you will sympathise with my feelings towards the UK rail system. Wherever you...
Following Monday’s horrific terrorist attack in Manchester over 130,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Government locks up or expels all 3,000 potential terrorists who are currently being monitored by the authorities. The petition, started by Derran Mace from Suffolk, demands the additional measures to stop ‘these...
Economic speculation from the deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, caused ears to prick among all sides of party politics. In a recent interview with The House Magazine, the Liberal Democrat leader criticised the government’s plans on capital spending – something I know for certain that Milton was not happy...
Buyer’s Remorse The sense of regret after having made a purchase... It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance, or a suspicion of having been overly influenced by the seller. “Give me Liberty or Give Me Death!” chanted the Classic Liberals of the 18th...
Tweet politics? How many of our list are you guilty of, and what have we missed? 1) Preparing to retweet a link, then realising it's from the Daily Mail and thinking better of it. 2) That person from the other party you want to shag senseless. 3) Wading into a private debate,...
For a few days earlier this month one of the biggest political stories in Britain was the emergence of a new conservative youth group, Activate. For an organisation founded on £50, and which has only ever partially launched, this was quite the achievement. But it was also a mixed...
When I first became involved with the formation of Activate, I was hopeful but not overly confident of success. Activate wasn't manufactured and there was little-consolidated direction in its origin, I struggle to pinpoint a date where I transited from just another young Tory to an Activate activist. This...
Chloe Jackson, As he skipped his way on stage with his voluminous hair bouncing with every step, Michael McIntyre captivated the audience immediately. The middle class man of comedy captured the hearts of the Geordie crowd, with stories of his red carpet lifestyle, while relating to the audience with little anecdotal...

Political Comment

Is it time to separate Church and State?

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For many, separating Church and State seems like common sense, and in the UK, such constitutional reforms...

The sweet, sweet irony of the EU-AstraZeneca vaccine row

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This week, the EU apparently signalled a major departure from its previously held dogma on free markets,...

Four Successful Regulations That Show Real Bite from the UK Gambling Commission

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is one of those regulatory bodies that often gets it in the...

An Ode to America Lost

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In the early afternoon of the 7th January 2021, a salmagundi of thugs, conspiracy theorists and neo-nazis,...

Be Kind… Or Else!

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It’s December 2019 and Caroline Flack tweeted: “If you can be anything, be kind.” By February 2020,...

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 fully known....

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 the US...

How Much Attention Should Political Bettors Pay to Social Media?

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Social media has influenced our lives in ways we can’t even fathom, but never does it seem...