Foreign & Defence

Foreign & Defence

Military intervention is not ‘conservative’

Military intervention is not ‘conservative’

On Thursday 6th April, the United States launched 59 cruise missiles at President Assad’s Shayrat airbase, directly attacking the Syrian government for the first time in the conflict. According to local media, 4 children were among the 9 civilians killed. Russia, who had servicemen present at the time of the […]

by × April 19, 2017 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

In his recent Guardian article, David Cameron, the former UK Prime Minister and newly appointed Chair of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, argued that it is right for the United Kingdom to continue to give aid to developing and unstable countries. Mr Cameron argued that it is […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

The label ‘Apartheid’ is bandied around frequently these days, sadly it hasn’t stuck to the one State who, in my humble opinion, not only deserves it but whose human rights atrocities are routinely ignored and glossed over by the International Community for the sake of not rocking the boat. Unlike […]

by × March 26, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Give British overseas territories proper representation

Give British overseas territories proper representation

During the campaign to leave the European Union a lot was said about strengthening ties with our Anglosphere cousins across the globe. Autonomously, we can now press ahead with those sought after free trade agreements with the rest of the world including the emerging countries like India with their 2.1billion […]

by × March 10, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Straight-talking statesmen, Syria and the Middle East

Straight-talking statesmen, Syria and the Middle East

Rebel forces have just lost their last toehold in Aleppo. Now residents displaced by conflict may begin to return to (what’s left of) Syria’s historic second city. Whilst we should of course recognise the horrific devastation wrought, mourn the casualties, and put pressure on all sides to cease their use […]

by × January 30, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Why the Donald Trump state visit must go ahead

Why the Donald Trump state visit must go ahead

Trump state visit: Cancelling would be counter productive. We need to offer a guiding hand to the Trump administration and secure commitment to NATO. The Queen has met unpleasant characters in her line of duty and there is uproar about her next official guest. We shouldn’t have any illusions about who […]

by × January 30, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Tory interventionism must end

Tory interventionism must end

Since the Second World War, the United States of America has pursued an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy. Born out of a combination of weapons-grade paranoia and humanitarian desire, our closest allies have taken the front foot against alien regimes and ideologies deemed incompatible with their own. During the Cold War, […]

by × January 29, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

The scandal of Britain’s ‘withered’ armed forces: A strong defence is essential to liberty

In allowing our armed forced to become ‘withered’, successive governments have failed in a fundamental responsibility of the state Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in discussing co-operation with incoming US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, said on Sunday that we cannot view Russia as an equal, but rather as a ‘strategic […]

by × December 13, 2016 ×

Conservatism, Foreign & Defence

The Liberal case for Union and Commonwealth

The Liberal case for Union and Commonwealth

One of the challenges with being in a political party is that it will inevitably restrict your intellectual freedom of movement to some degree. There’s nothing wrong with this: the trade-off between absolute individual autonomy and effective collective action is one we make all the time, and contrary to the […]

by × October 27, 2016 ×

Blog, Foreign & Defence, Foreign Affairs

The Liberal Case for Foreign Aid

The Liberal Case for Foreign Aid

One of the more controversial appointments in the first May cabinet was the installation of socially conservative Priti Patel into the Department for International Development. It is no secret that she has, in the past, called for the entirety of the Department to be scrapped. This underpins a current of […]

by × July 23, 2016 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The EU is keeping Africa poor

The EU is keeping Africa poor

In all the arguments over the EU and Britain’s continued membership, most centre around the self-interest element of membership. And of course, it is right in many ways that it does so, each has a responsibility to his own – his family, his neighbour, his fellow countryman. But although the […]

by × March 6, 2016 ×

Foreign & Defence

The SNP cannot unilaterally declare
its own foreign policy

In a concerning report by the Herald Scotland, it transpires that the SNP is attempting to create its own mini foreign policy, not aligned with nor cleared through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster. More concerning still, the fact that the Foreign Office quite rightly asked the Scottish government […]

by × February 29, 2016 ×