Seth Freedman

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High Stakes Battle for High Street Bookies

(7) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (11:02)

Bookmakers across Britain are joining forces to combat the scourge of problem gambling, or so the script goes at least. The formation of the P3 Group is seen by more cynical observers as just the latest, desperate attempt by the bookies to stave off a growing avalanche of...

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Up Against The Wall

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (16:04)

William Sutcliffe burns with passion when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing his belief that 'it's time for Jews to stand up and say something' about the decades-old occupation of the West Bank. Wilful ignorance of the brutal effects of the colonisation of Palestinian land has created a 'dangerous...

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Knives Out For The Gunners

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (12:35)

As Arsenal players recover from their season's nailbiting finale, the club's shareholders find themselves embroiled in a burgeoning scandal over their links to one of Asia's most notorious companies. And they deserve every last drop of opprobrium, thanks to their capitulation to greed at the expense...

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We Don't Need No Regulation

(3) Comments | Posted 20 May 2013 | (18:23)

Renaissance Hotel, Brussels. 25 September 2012. Twenty-four hours until a key vote next door at the European Parliament on how to regulate energy markets. Eighty suited and booted delegates, including a swathe of EC officials and MEPs who will take part in the ballot, lean back in their plush seats...

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Speaking Up For Speaking Out

(2) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (01:00)

"You must have known you'd be sacked for speaking out, right?" It's the most common question I'm asked about the gas price-fixing scandal, and reveals the low expectations of press and public alike when considering the consequences of making public interest disclosures. As whistleblowing charity Public...

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Turning Up The Heat On British Gas

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (18:06)

Damage limitation was the order of the day at Centrica on Monday, but the British Gas parent parent company knows its public image has been hammered once again on the back of its latest trading update. The company enjoyed a massive boost to profits thanks to...

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Big Six Backlash Boiling Over

(8) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (01:00)

The heat is on energy companies now more than ever, with public anger stoked by near-weekly revelations of egregious behaviour by Big Six firms and their peers. Tuesday's Energy and Climate Change committee grilling of power providers was an eye-opening spectacle, ramming home the extent to which hostility...

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Class A Myth-Making

(7) Comments | Posted 17 April 2013 | (01:00)

Claims that cocaine caused the credit crisis are being seized upon with glee by the national media, who should - but never do - know better when it comes to lazy stereotyping of the Square Mile. Discredited former drugs tsar David Nutt propagated an asinine theory...

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Big Six Bandit Country

(14) Comments | Posted 3 April 2013 | (07:00)

News that one of the major UK energy suppliers has been conning customers for years will come as little surprise to the British public. Nor, sadly, will the paltry fine levied against the offending party by Ofgem, the lame-duck regulator tasked with overseeing the...

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Truth Is in the Eye of the Beholder

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2013 | (01:00)

"We both know that the sooner you get coverage after an event the better. No matter what happens after, it's the original coverage that sticks".

Uttered by the fictional foreign correspondent Nick Hammond to a fellow reporter in the intensely powerful play Gibraltar, those words resonate with...

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Not Our Market, Not Our Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (16:57)

Regulator is warned about interest rate rigging, regulator fails to regulate, regulator conducts an internal inquiry to find out why, then - lo and behold - the self-same regulator rules that no negligence whatsoever occurred. If you believe the official hype, the FSA's apathetic conduct while the Libor...

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When Art Becomes a Four-Letter Word

(1) Comments | Posted 25 February 2013 | (00:00)

In today's climates of austerity, with belts tightening and non-essential pursuits branded frivolous and unnecessary, pursuing a career in the arts is becoming increasingly tough. Government funding has been slashed, private sponsorship is on the wane, and - perhaps most importantly - communal support for budding artists is...

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Half-Empty Tankard

(1) Comments | Posted 12 February 2013 | (00:00)

Now is not a good time to run a price reporting agency. Following allegations of market manipulation in November, a seismic event last week saw a triumvirate of broking firms seek to wrest control of the setting of gas prices, with the launch of their own...

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To Blow Or Not to Blow?

(14) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (00:00)

Curtains drawn, faces stern, I drop the USB stick into the evidence bag, before it is swiftly pulled away and tightly sealed shut. I slump back in my chair, accept their thanks, rise weakly to my feet and get escorted to the exit. No going back now, but no idea...

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