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, the Daily Caller, Libertarian Home, DL Magazine 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

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (00:50)

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

The situation in...

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The Threat of Isis Cannot Be Overstated

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2014 | (00:41)

Conventional wisdom, steeped as it is in years of de facto political homogeneity, would have you know that the 'War on Terror', as that nasty man George Bush grandly called it, was either misguided, pointless or actively detrimental towards the end it was claimed to champion.

Irrespective of whether that...

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The Threat of Russian Expansionism Is Not Over

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2014 | (00:18)

A Russian tank rolling over border lines has become a familiar sight. Nevertheless, that does not lessen the political significance of such an action - which appears to have occurred again in recent days. Russian meddling in the affairs of its neighbours, as documented by Michael Weiss, is...

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D-Day Anniversary: We Need to Make the Case for Good Wars

(42) Comments | Posted 8 June 2014 | (22:55)

As someone who has an instinctive aversion to over-praising members of the military (indeed, as someone who cannot help but shudder inwardly every time 'our brave boys' are invoked), I was more than a little surprised that the commemoration of the D-Day landings, which took place last week, brought a...

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The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2014 | (09:50)

Even stories of mass murder lose their appeal eventually. News narratives move on, as do the attention spans of readers and viewers; people get bored of reading the same tales of horror and woe from the same places. Politicians, who are almost leech-like in their desire to attach themselves to...

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The Rise of the Politics of Delusion

(2) Comments | Posted 5 May 2014 | (02:15)

Political activism has changed quite a lot in recent years. The age of mass membership of political parties has passed, and institutions which once numbered millions of paid-up supporters are themselves becoming relics. Unions which once boasted of five or so million members can only fabricate a respectable total by...

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Non-Intervention in Syria Was a Grave Mistake

(36) Comments | Posted 21 April 2014 | (00:00)

As a third, blood-soaked year of the conflict in Syria draws to a close, and with the number of estimated deaths continuing its ever upward climb, it is increasingly apparent that avoiding military action in the region was the wrong thing to do.

Far from being a moral decision by...

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What Has Happened to Michael Gove?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2014 | (17:57)

Michael Gove is normally one of my favourite ministers. His principled stance on issues such as intervention in Syria, as well as his delightfully un-Tory, remarkably socially mobile background, drew me to him.

However, this approval has been tempered by recent events. I was dismayed to read that...

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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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