James Snell
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James Snell is a student from Southend, Essex. He is Contributing Editor of the Libertarian, a regular columnist for Politiker UK, contributor to the Commentator and former columnist for the Backbencher.

His work has also appeared on Trending Central, where he has written a fortnightly column, the Rationalist Association, Left Foot Forward, Libertarian Home and Free Inquiry magazine.

He likes being an iconoclast; enjoys books, music and vindication. His favourite writers include: Winston Churchill, Christopher Hitchens and Boris Johnson. Follow him on Twitter @James_P_Snell.

Entries by James Snell

We Should Have Intervened in Syria

(3) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (03:20)

In the summer of last year, a great evil was perpetrated. After atrocities were committed, and credible evidence of chemical weapon use arose from the increasingly murky Syrian civil war, Britain teetered on the brink: between isolationism and action - intervention and international bystanderism. To call the resultant hysteria a...

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In Ukraine, Take Nothing Off the Table

(13) Comments | Posted 14 March 2014 | (23:00)

The crisis engulfing Crimea is a grave one. Vladimir Putin's armies have cut the region off from the rest of the nation, and are insisting on an illegal referendum in order to give elusive legitimacy to a brazen act of aggression. Now is not the time for the West to...

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We Need to Intervene in Ukraine

(12) Comments | Posted 2 March 2014 | (23:00)

In the last few centuries, when European powers needed capital and materiel or support with which to fight would-be tyrants, Britain was usually the place they called at first. Under William Pitt the Younger, the nation's finances paid for the upkeep of the continental armies battling Napoleon. Before that, it...

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Should We Legalise Cannabis?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (17:33)

Yes - Alexander Leivesley, Huff Post UK Blogger


In the midst of the legalisation of cannabis in Colorado, the issue of cannabis has been thrown back on the table, and has prompted debate among many. The issue of cannabis has long been a divisive and controversial...

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The Decline and Fall of Egyptian Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted 25 January 2014 | (16:13)

The streets of Egypt used to contain such hope. The people, flexing the long dormant muscles of civil action in a subjugated nation, successfully overthrew the tyrant Hosni Mubarak. They then heroically held an election. It was flawed, no doubt, and the wrong candidate won, but there appeared to be...

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Britain's Legal System Shines in the Face of Adversity

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (23:16)

Less than a week ago, the family of a man killed in horrific circumstances had to relive their traumatic experiences. The relations and friends of Lee Rigby had been in the Old Bailey since the beginning of the trial of the men accused of murdering him, and one must hope...

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The Islamists Are Taking Over Syria, Action Is Needed More Than Ever

(10) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (12:08)

Syria has been facing disaster - humanitarian and military - for three blood-soaked years. A recent event has rocked this already volatile region, and deepened the divisions within all sections of society, increasing the chance that this war will be even longer and bloodier than first thought. The Islamists are coming, and...

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The Dalai Lama Deserves Criticism, Not Adulation

(8) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (21:33)

There is no greater demonstration of our passivity as a culture than the honorifics we attach to unworthy people. The Pope is always 'His Holiness', regardless of whether or not he knew about - and subsequently covered up - child abuse amongst the priesthood. The limp, insipid Archbishop of Canterbury...

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Circumcision: One Cut Too Far

(2) Comments | Posted 8 December 2013 | (19:01)

It is ironic that the barbaric practice of female circumcision is so (justly) reviled, but that the more common male form lacks the same horror in the popular imagination. That it is just as arbitrary, and as non-consensual, is not in doubt. That, in the Christian and Jewish forms, it...

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Open Our Borders to Syrian Refugees

(22) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (15:08)

Syria is still an issue. It won't go away just because most people have apparently stopped paying attention. Military intervention is now seemingly off the table - regrettably in my view - and the outside world is pretty much content to just let it all happen. Sadly, although...

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Intervention in Syria Is Still an Urgent Necessity

(7) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (23:24)

Iran's government has tricked us all. With the ascension of Hassan Rouhani - a high ranking cleric - to the Presidency, the nation's theocratic leaders endeavoured to demonstrate that they had moved away from the geopolitical machinations of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's court.

"Rouhani is a moderate!" they happily lied, and we...

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Russell Brand Ought to Be Concealing His Pseudo-Intellect, Not Flaunting It

(2) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (17:55)

Russell Brand is famous for being rather funny on stage and on TV. That is all. So imagine my surprise when this erstwhile comedian began to be consulted on matters of note. He once rather liked heroin - quite a lot by all accounts - and this may justify his...

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Edward Snowden and Leak Mania

(4) Comments | Posted 19 October 2013 | (23:51)

Once more, the spectre of Prism haunts the news agenda. Edward Snowden, a wannabe Julian Assange (what a compliment, by the way) has been periodically releasing tranche after tranche of secret documents on British and American intelligence programmes.

In pursuit of this aim, supposedly about promoting and preserving freedom and...

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Israel Should Support Palestinian Statehood

(1) Comments | Posted 7 October 2013 | (21:21)

I have a scenario for you: imagine it if you can.

There are crowds celebrating in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, a historic handshake, and a treaty or two. A new state has come into existence: it is called Palestine. Its neighbour Israel supported the establishment of the world's youngest nation,...

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Nigel Farage Will Never Be PM: Why Do People Still Support Ukip?

(246) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (00:00)

Ukip is a spent political force. Despite the seemingly endless news carnival of its rise, the bubble has burst. Much like the idiotic, and entirely unreflected in reality, notion of "Cleggmania" - which gave struggling news channels something to fill up a schedule - the fortunes of Ukip's leadership coterie...

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Syria: Say Hello to Evil

(1) Comments | Posted 9 September 2013 | (00:32)

Evil is a word which does not have a lot of mainstream resonance. It is confined to the outskirts of public life: seen only as the mot juste by the inarticulate religious. We need to reclaim the word, not just in a figurative sense - but for use in the...

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Britain Has Failed the Citizens of Syria

(3) Comments | Posted 1 September 2013 | (02:06)

On 29 August 2013, a historic result greeted the ears of those sitting in the House of Commons. The government, advising a watered-down motion of condemnation and possibly action on Syrian chemical weaponry, was defeated in a debate which it had orchestrated - on that most primal and tribalistic of...

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In Defence of David Cameron

(2) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (00:34)

David Cameron has had a rough time of being Prime Minister. He first had to undergo the ignominy of not winning the 2010 General Election outright, which was to anger the Tory ultra-right-wingers, who assume that he could have gained more support by endorsing minority opinions held by a die-hard...

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Never Negotiate With the Taliban

(1) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (02:24)

The G8 Summit has been seen as a resounding success for all major parties. Certainly those running the negotiation have achieved a lot, and the proposed trade deal between the United States and the European Union can only be seen as a good thing. But the news of this free...

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Prism: Who Cares?

(37) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (00:00)

The government spies on us: cue horror and massive public outrage. But is all of this really that surprising? After all, we expect our government to spy on foreigners who plot ill-will towards the nation, so why shouldn't we bear the same burdens as the rest of the world? Britain,...

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