Can we believe what the Treasury says about the cost of Brexit? (The Conversation and Newsnight video)

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There’s a high price to be paid if Britain leaves the European Union, according to the UK’s Treasury forecasts. Leaving the EU would cost the average household £4,300 per year, it is suggested. But Chancellor George Osborne has not done … Continue reading

Think tanks, dead cats and the ‘Merchants of Doubt’ (video)

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What do you think of when you hear the words “think tank”? For those who have only a passing interest in the world of politics, which is most of us, the words are likely to indicate a gathering of highly intelligent … Continue reading

Corporate inversions: What’s in a name? (video)

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If you rely on the BBC for your diet of news, you probably will not have realised how embarrassingly haphazard and poorly produced the once universally praised BBC News’ output has become in recent years. The slow and painful decline … Continue reading

Explainer: what are ‘tax havens’? (video)

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The Panama Papers leak sheds some light on the intricate ways in which the wealthy can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. As well as charging minimal or no tax to residents and non-residents, the main characteristics of tax havens are … Continue reading

James O’Brien v Boris Johnson’s self-serving support for Brexit (audio)

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 27/02/2016. London, UK. Boris Johnson puts on his coat as he leaves his north London home.  It is now nearly a week since the London Mayor announced his support for the campaign to leave the EU. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP

If the polls are to be believed, the outcome of the forthcoming EU referendum is finely balanced. For reasons that are apparently obvious to many, but which this commentator is wholly in the dark about both sides of the debate … Continue reading

Panama Papers: remarkable global media operation holds rich and powerful to account (video)

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With the Panama Papers exposé perhaps we can now say the fortress walls of offshore secrecy are finally cracking. Such havens allow corruption and tax avoidance to take place on a massive international scale by some of the richest and … Continue reading

James O’Brien and satire v Donald Trump’s vile and violent voters (video)

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Much has been written about Donald Trump‘s incitement of his supporters to undertake acts of violence against protestors at his rallies, and all of it appears to be true. The extensive media coverage of everything Trump says and does and … Continue reading

Meet Ted Cruz: religion, hookers, voter fraud and hated by his own party, what’s not to like? (video)

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From climate change through reproductive rights and gender equality and on to LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage, Ted Cruz denies them all. In that respect, he ought to be the perfect alternative candidate to Donald Trump, at least within the … Continue reading

Meet John Kasich the ‘moderate’ Republican candidate (video)

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“With Jeb Bush out of the Republican primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich seems to be the only GOP candidate who’s widely considered a moderate. But on Full Frontal, host Samantha Bee went after Kasich’s moderate label. “Is Kasich really the huggable … Continue reading

Government and ‘independent expertise’: think tanks represent a blind spot for critical analysis

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Drawing on recent research about UK think tanks, austerity and social policy, Hartwig Pautz and Elke Heins examine the relationship between government and the world of ‘independent expertise’. Focusing on one example, the Centre for Social Justice’s influence over Conservative ministers’ social policies, they … Continue reading

John Oliver explores Donald Trump’s big, dumb, crazy wall (video)

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There has been wall to wall coverage of everything Donald Trump has said and done during this nominee campaign season, but the news media has spent far less time examining any of his actual policies – yes he does have … Continue reading

Donald Trump the Mob and the fraud (video)

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“At the end of a seismic week for the Republicans, Donald Trump now looks the most likely contender to be the party’s candidate for the next president of the United States. Among his big boasts is that he is a … Continue reading

Why pulling out of the EU won’t give Britain complete control over its affairs

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For years, crusaders of the Eurosceptic cause have claimed that all the evils of the world will disappear once Britain leaves the European Union. British fishermen and women will be able to fish as much cod as they like and … Continue reading

At last, John Oliver dissects Trump’s dangerous kind of craziness (video)

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I have to admit to a certain amount of hypocrisy about Donald Trump. For months, I have complained on social media that Trump receives far too much air time (which amounts to free publicity for his disingenuous racist views and … Continue reading

John Oliver asks: Oscars so white, how is this still a thing? (video)

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“Hollywood, a company town that loves the sound of political correctness if not the reality of equality, has for six weeks been turned upside down by accusations of institutional racism after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failed … Continue reading