Scarce, Expensive, Bad: Why Entrepreneurs Should Love Monopolies

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

Next time you're in your local pharmacy, take a detour to the men's shaving aisle. When you get there, scan the shelves in front of you. You'll see high-gloss packaging, lots of "Fusion" and "Turbo" and "Mach" brands. It's almost like you're in the Formula 1 pit lane, isn't it? The choice seems abundant.

Competition Won't Make Investment Firms Transparent

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

Let's not forget that heated, intense competition is what brought us the banking crisis. Competition between banks - to be the biggest, the most profitable - stoked the selling of inappropriate mortgages, PPI and interest rate manipulation. Competition between traders or between salespeople - many of whom are measured daily by their earnings, with some firms posting these numbers publicly - is precisely what drove otherwise good people to do bad things.

François Hollande - A Case of Infidelity or Integrity?

Dragana Brown | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dragana Brown

Irrespective of whether Hollande was involved in another relationship or not, for I am not here to cast judgement, the question of integrity is one to raise on the basis of Hollande's choices to hide behind and use as an excuse French cultural ways, rather than stand as a true leader and be completely transparent.

Citizen Centricity, Control and Accountability Are Essential for Public Services - And Democracy

John Tizard | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Last week I was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) for its enquiry on citizens and public services. This is an important enquiry and has the opportunity to address some fundamental questions about the nature of our public services, and the Government's 'reform' and public expenditure programmes.

My Reflection on the Panorama Programme Last Week 'All in a Good Cause'

Gina Miller | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

As an investment manager and a passionate campaigner for transparency in both the financial services sector and the third sector, I am disheartened by the lack of transparency in some organisations.

Time to Reflect and Refocus

Gina Miller | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

Last week was a very depressing one with several alarming revelations related to the state of British society.

Corruption and Immigration in the UK

Robert Barrington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

What to make of the Attorney General's comments in The Telegraph? Corruption is certainly a growing problem in the UK - but TI's research has found no evidence to link it to immigrant communities.

We Need More Information if We Want to End Poverty

David Hall-Matthews | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
David Hall-Matthews

We don't yet have enough reliable information to make difficult decisions. That also means we didn't have it when past decisions were made - and we often don't even know what those decisions were. For example, the report reveals that the total aid donors say they have spent is typically far higher than what recipient governments say they've received.

Transparency: By Business, For Business

Anas Sarwar | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

The reputation of 'business' has taken a mauling recently; think of Fred Goodwin, horsemeat or GlaxoSmithKline. But most business people I know are proud of their role in creating jobs, contributing to government revenues and powering growth.

Unlocking Access to Clinical Trial Data - What Are We Afraid of?

James Shannon | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Tech
James Shannon

In recent months the words 'data transparency' have found their way into our vernacular, with calls for pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent about their research and to publish results from all their clinical trials.

Why I Don't Use Zero-Hours Contracts: Three Basic Principles

Charlie Mowat | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I can see the issue from both points of view, and the debate seems to have polarised with the solution probably being somewhere in the middle. I certainly don't think that zero-hours contracts should be banned outright. However, at my company, The Clean Space, nobody is on a zero-hour contract, despite them being extremely common in the cleaning industry as this list of vacancies shows.

The Democratic Threat Posed By the Transparency of Lobbying Bill - Design or Default?

Linda Butcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Linda Butcher

In recent weeks many have set out clearly and convincingly why the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is receiving its second reading today, is nothing short of a direct threat to the voice of civil society, freedom of speech, and the fundamentals of democracy.

Why I'll Speak Out Against the Lobbying Bill to Select Committee

Francis Ingham | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

On Thursday morning, I'll have the pleasure of giving evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, addressing the Government's lobbying plans. Those plans have been set out in its Transparency of Lobbying Bill, and they make for disappointing reading.

Is Anything for Real These Days?

Maria Shopova | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Maria Shopova

Trust deficit seems to be an increasing concern in all aspects of our daily life. Though don't take my word for it - let me give you a few examples to prove my point.

The Lobbying Bill - A Missed Opportunity

Robert Barrington | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

When David Cameron said in 2010 that lobbying was 'the next scandal waiting to happen' he was both right and wrong. Right because it is an area which is ripe for scandal - a potentially unsavoury mix of money, power, politics and special interests. Wrong because by the time he said it, the scandal was already happening.

Promoting Safer Giving This Ramadan

Saif Ullah | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Saif Ullah

According to research from Islamic Relief, over £100 million is expected to be given to charity by British Muslims over the course of Ramadan.

Transparent Banking? I Can't See it Vince

Jane Sparrow | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Sparrow

There's been a major breakthrough in the financial sector this week, as Vince Cable announces a panacea for the long-term woes that banks have been facing. All they need to do, apparently, is 'get people to trust them'. That, seriously, is what Vince's big announcement boils down to.

Corruption Research Should Inspire Government Action

Anas Sarwar | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

This week Transparency International published research detailing public perceptions of corruption in the UK and the results are shocking. Sixty-seven per cent of people believe political parties are affected by corruption, 69% think the media has a corruption problem and 5% have themselves paid a bribe. For anyone interested in combating corruption the report cannot be ignored.

Who Do You Trust?

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK
Dr Arlo Brady

Trust - or the lack of it - is a hot topic at the moment, brought into the spotlight by a number of high-profile failures in public confidence. Banks and politicians are the main target of our growing despondency.

Will Nick Clegg Follow Through on His Promise for Reform?

Sean Axtell | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Sean Axtell

Yet following the close-fisted way that Westminster handled the Bill, we must be prepared for it to stall yet again unless Nick Clegg acts swiftly on his pledge for transparency.

Protesting with the Police on Your Side

Boyan S. Benev | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Boyan S. Benev

It seems the world is out on the street, protesting for change. From Taksim Square in Istanbul, through the streets of Athens and Rio to the catastrophe in Syria one theme stands out: protesters clashing with aggressive and often brutal police and government forces.

My Journey to the G8

Sarah Robinson | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Sarah Robinson

Going to the G8 is so far outside my comfort zone I might as well be travelling to the moon, but I'm doing it because the issues being tackled by the IF Campaign are so important, and very close to my heart.

Bilderberg: Day Two

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ellen Grace Jones

Hundreds of activists, concerned citizens and media rubbed shoulders within the entrance area of the Grove specifically allocated by Watford authorities to house them. News that David Cameron was to arrive that afternoon was the hot topic of the day and whilst unexpected, the reactions drew major eyerolls, suspicion, scorn and downright anger.

Ripped-Off Investment Britain

Gina Miller | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Miller

Imaging sitting with friends on a relaxed night out and asking if any of them want to keep working until they're 70: there will be a purveying glumness and descent into depression at the thought. However, this is the reality facing many people today in the UK, with statistics showing that less than half the population (48%) are actively saving for retirement.

All Party Associations Are Not Transparent, Say Campaigners

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

Murky associations of MPs and lobbyists are "ripe for reform", campaigners have said. There are 584 All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), with to...