Though the US has long been considered the world’s leading power and a pillar of Western democracy, some now acknowledge a so-called ‘European pillar’ in the form of the European Union. Yet, the notion of a potential third pillar distinct from either the US or…

The Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill passed its Third Reading and is now in the House of Lords. It’s a grisly piece of legislation that threatens the right to protest, criminalises homelessness, and risks the viability of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller way of…

The result of the recent by-election in Chesham & Amersham has renewed speculation over a so-called “progressive alliance” – the idea that by co-operating, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens can beat the Tories in an election. There are numerous holes in this idea,…

Like much of life, economic theory is not black and white. In an age of uncertainty, people are understandably looking for clarity. This desire for certainty does not always fit well with academic theory. Broadly, whatever your view on a subject, you will be able…

The UK’s new Health Secretary Sajid Javid has stated on several occasions that he likes the book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, telling The Spectator in 2018 he identifies with the book’s protagonist Howard Roak. This, and his calls to end all COVID-19 restrictions on…

Social media as a way to spread information hardly favours political nuance and complexity, and the rise of the “story” feature on Instagram is no different. Similar to the tweet and the hashtag which came before it, the “Instagram infographic” has become the latest format…

“Dear England, It has been an extremely difficult year. Everyone in this country has been directly affected by isolation and loss. But we have also seen countless examples of heroism and sacrifice.” No, not the words of our Prime Minister, nor of a Head of…

Our society today is being changed and challenged by the ever-growing influencer culture, with influencers often portraying themselves as trendy, glam and humble individuals. With the realities of day-to-day life tying us down, influencers provide the working person with an escape from the standard 9-5…

Jasneet Samrai is the Deputy Director of Centre Think Tank, a think tank and pressure group that supports a comprehensive welfare system alongside free markets. All views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent Backbench’s stance. Members of Centre Think Tank…

On Sunday night, what some have called a new dawn for British broadcasting began with GB News’ first programme. From its first announcement, GB News said it wanted to be controversial and spark debate – it has certainly done that, but perhaps not in the…