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The inevitable cost of running government like a business

Flint Richard Snyder

What happens when the public are fooled into believing that a businessman would make a better political leader than, say, someone who understands public service? Well, in the shape of Donald Trump, the entire world may find out come November.  But we don’t have to wait to see if Trump …

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The emotional cost of climate change

Rioters

Fear about the impact of climate change may be adding to anxiety levels in the current age of uncertainties.  But that is nothing to what we are likely to experience as the consequences become ever more obvious according to Canadian experts. “Signs of mental distress related to climate change have …

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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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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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Two States – One Political Crisis

We tend to view events through the personalities of those involved.  Is George Osborne a bumbling economic illiterate or an evil genius?  Is Iain Duncan Smith a scrounger, a sadist or a full-blown psychopath?  Did Labour elect the wrong Miliband? In truth, public personas are more often shaped by events and circumstances.  …

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