The three MPs with the highest expenses claims are all SNP politicians, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority shows. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, Chris Law, Ian Blackford and Brendan O’Hara all claimed a combined total of over £760,000 in expenses from the UK Parliament.
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...
The year is 2024 and a man with great hair is about to address the nation. The papers are already awash with pieces comparing the remarkable turn of events to that of the last time a barrister turned Labour leader stood here on the steps of 10...
An NUS leader has been at it again on Twitter, this time declaring ‘f*ck men’. This comes after a number of similar tweets stating ‘f*ck the police’ and the ‘economy’, which you can view here. Becky Ricketts, the newly elected President...
Recent tweets from three elected representatives at the NUS have ranged from ‘f*ck the police’ and ‘f*ck the economy’ to supporting children who want to ‘f*ck sh*t up’. Claire Sosienski Smith, the NUS’s Vice President for higher education, tweeted ‘stay indoors, f*ck the police’...
The famous line, ‘every one percent unemployment goes up, 40,000 people die’ comes from the mouth of Brad Pitt in 'The Big Short', a film based on the true story of a group of investors who short (bet against) the US housing market. This...
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...
If anything is going to take your mind off Dominic Cummings and a global pandemic, a reminder that humanity can still annihilate itself the old fashioned way should do it. Ukraine Following its annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has...
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...
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...

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...