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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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