James Smith is an aspiring student lawyer, and a member of the English-Speaking Union. He enjoys writing, debating, and science.
We must leave the NUS before it's too late
It's a cacophony of quacks; a tyranny of twerps; a platform for no-platformers. We need to get out while we still can.
A Vindication of Hugh Gaitskell
The qualities that Corbynites admire in the present party leader - conviction, principle, rebelliousness - are also to be found in the best PM Britain never had.
The Colossus of Rhodes: Why we must keep Oxford University's statue
Standing tall among the pantheon of my personal heroes is George Orwell. His seminal work Nineteen Eighty-Four distills twentieth century totalitarianism into a barrage of essential maxims, spat out by the insidious O'Brien. Most noteworthy of these is the quote, "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past".
The Human Rights Act is invaluable in upholding liberty, and we must protect it
Tucked away in an obscure corner of the Conservative manifesto for the 2015 General Election are proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act. Our citizens have a long and proud history of upholding a uniquely British form of individual liberty, enshrined in legislation from the Magna Carta to the Bill of Rights and the Common Law. The Human Rights Act is another link in this chain, and should not be broken.
Who is Charlie?
One year on, a malicious tide has turned in the remembrance of Charlie Hebdo.