The Conservative election expenses saga explained (The Conversation) (video)


Since late January, a story about political party finance and spending in the 2015 UK election (and three by-elections) has been simmering. Now it seems to be boiling over. For brevity, it’s probably best to concentrate on the allegations related … Continue reading

Finally, the truth about Hillsborough but you won’t read it on the front of The Sun (plus James O’Brien v the truth audio)


As Jared Ficklin wrote here, the verdicts returned at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 completely vindicate the 27-year campaign for justice resolutely undertaken by the families of the 96 who died. The verdicts, which will surely have … Continue reading

Cameron was not predicting war – and he is right to raise Brexit security fear (The Conversation and Newsnight video)


David Cameron attempted to inject some passion into his mission for the UK to remain a member of the EU by making a “big, bold patriotic case” for membership. His speech is being read as a warning that Brexit poses … Continue reading

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

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

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

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


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

Q&A: Can Corbyn revolutionise the financial sector and the Bank of England? (video)


Anastasia Nesvetailova, City University London Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn this week unveiled his new team of economic advisers. He hopes they will help build a set of policies capable of countering the narrative of belt-tightening austerity which delivered David … Continue reading

The Beeb, the bias and the bashing (The Conversation)


By: Ivor Gaber, University of Sussex My entry for the prize for the most unsurprising allegation of 2015 was the uncannily similar complaints that emanated from a number of Conservative MPs who claimed that the BBC’s reporting of the general … Continue reading