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Why Is the Media So Silent About the Content of Edward Snowden's NSA Leaks?

(2) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (11:04)

When I first heard about the NSA/GCHQ snooping revelations, my initial thought was: "Well duh."

Truth be told, I would have been deeply surprised if our intelligence agencies hadn't been intercepting our online communications on the flimsiest of subtexts. Nevertheless, it's always slightly alarming to have your worst suspicions...

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Politicians Should be Forced to Find Out How Their Constituents Live if They Want to Be Our Representatives

(6) Comments | Posted 3 April 2013 | (21:26)

We need to talk about empathy.

In Thomas More's Utopia, a strange sixteenth century mix of fiction and political philosophy, the author floats an intriguing idea: that anyone who seeks political power should automatically be disqualified from holding it.

While that might be taking things too far -...

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Was a Crown Court Judge Right to Say That Burglary Requires 'a Huge Amount of Courage'?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (17:06)

A Crown Court judge caused a media hurricane-in-a-teacup back in September for claiming, during sentencing, that burglary required "a huge amount of courage". I remember thinking at the time that saying that aloud in open court itself required a fair degree of bravery.

This week Judge Peter Bowers was issued...

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Is the UK Set to Become Part of the 'Post-developed' World?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2012 | (21:12)

Britain's politicians and business chiefs like to paint us as a world leader: a thriving, socially-progressive first world hub of technological innovation and ruthlessly efficient public services.

But last week, as I sat bathed in the glow of my laptop writing a story about the cut to local councils' road...

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Elected Police and Crime Commissioners? Don't Be Fooled, This Isn't About Devolving Power to Local Communities

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2012 | (19:23)

After election fever comes the comedown.

As those days and nights spent sweating over the prospect of a Romney victory, watching Karl Rove's mathematical meltdown, and wondering whether Obama really could take Florida dissipate into the cold reality of 'fiscal cliffs' and 'grand bargains', the UK's elections junkies are being...

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Multinationals Regard Tax Avoidance as a Moral Imperative. Isn't it Time We Made Them Pay Up?

(8) Comments | Posted 30 October 2012 | (19:00)

In the midst of the Jimmy Carr tax avoidance scandal earlier this year (in case you were holidaying off-planet that week, Carr was left rather red-faced after it emerged that his accountant was channelling the comedian's earnings into a Jersey-based tax shelter), the BBC carried a fascinating interview...

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The Court Interpreting Fiasco Continues as Capita Agreement Is Branded 'Unsalvageable'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2012 | (20:08)

As the old adage goes: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

On Tuesday the Justice Select Committee (JC) held its first evidence-gathering session into the £300m court interpreting contract awarded to private translation firm Applied Language Solutions (ALS) by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). You can watch it

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Winner Takes It All: Is Second Place Really Just the First Place Loser?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2012 | (14:33)

Failure, it goes without saying, is a relative concept. For most of us mere mortals, failure is the feeling that creeps over you when you realise you've spent the entire day by yourself on the sofa, eating a whole packet of bakewell tarts and watching Jeremy Kyle reruns.

Olympic athletes,...

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