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Understanding “soft corruption”… and why we should care

Roll of cash

The ubiquitous brown envelope stuffed with cash exchanged for favours comes to mind when we think about corruption.  We might think of companies bribing government officials in order to win lucrative contracts.  We might think of bankers being generously rewarded for market rigging.  We might remember occasions where politicians were …

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UK Government threatens to bomb the Greenland Icecap

Consciousness of Sheep meme

In recent years it has become fashionable for governments to declare war on things that simply cannot be defeated.  First we had the “War on Want” (i.e. poverty).  Then came the “War on Drugs”.  And in 2001 we had the start of the “War on Terror”.  In each case, the …

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Link4Growth

How do you go about bringing people together?  How can we begin to rebuild our communities and our nation?  It’s one thing to declare the inequality in the world, that it’s unsustainable, and that it must change, but how practically can it be done? Well, we need to rebuild from …

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Britain still thinks it’s a great power – but it isn’t

Britain Great Power meme

Victoria Honeyman, University of Leeds In the days of empire, Britain was a force to be reckoned with. Coalitions of the willing were an unnecessary nicety. Britain’s opinion mattered, both in Europe and further afield. The current situation in Syria shows how far Britain has moved from that position. David …

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The Madness of Amber Rudd

Image of the madness of Amber Rudd

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd’s decision to gamble Britain’s future on gas has shocked energy experts and climate campaigners alike.  The decision to replace the UK’s coal-fired power stations with 25 new gas-fired power stations is the latest in a string of environmentally-destructive policies rolled out by the Conservatives since …

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