The Budget, in British politics, is always a notable moment. From Gordon Brown to George Osborne, those holding the office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer have never quite endeared themselves as the (Alistair) Darling(s) of the nation. Phillip Hammond’s latest Budget ensures the status quo is maintained, as he introduced a raft of controversial … Continue reading Chancellor’s Job a Tough ‘Gig’
Freedom of the British Press: Ironing Out Bad Behaviour
Freedom of the press has always been a fundamental aspect of British life. Whether discussing political or sporting decisions, the variety of opinions proffered by our journalists has served as a vital source of information. After all, there is nothing better than hearing different opinions on just where Ed Miliband ranks in the pantheon of … Continue reading Freedom of the British Press: Ironing Out Bad Behaviour
GUARDIANS OF THE PEOPLE – But Is There Any Hope For Politics?
Any law student that has ever studied constitutional law would have been beaming at the chance today to use their knowledge of parliamentary sovereignty that laboured them throughout their public law exams many years ago. Having heard submissions over a four-day period in December, the Supreme Court justices ruled this morning, in an 8-3 majority, … Continue reading GUARDIANS OF THE PEOPLE – But Is There Any Hope For Politics?
Apologies if the year hasn’t started with any positive news. In order to buck the recent trend, I’ve got some mixed news to bring. The good news is that for the first time in British legal and political history, the United Kingdom’s Attorney General is to set out the legal basis for military strikes against … Continue reading Drone Wars
Magna Carta – Dead or Alive?
Magna Carta is the “anchor of the rule of law” as once famously described by Lord Bingham of Cornhill. 800 years since its signing in 1215, the relevance of the Great Charter as this ‘anchor’ in contemporary systems has come to the forefront of attention as societal changes, economic pressures and political influences exert themselves … Continue reading Magna Carta – Dead or Alive?
Yo, Mr White – Should Drugs Be Legalised?
OT Genesis claims that he’s “in love with the Coco” – but it’s not just him, many people are, and it’s not just coco. Long has it been since the ‘hippy’ movement of the 60s and 70s which emerged as a counterculture movement rejecting the mores of mainstream American life, but the question of drug … Continue reading Yo, Mr White – Should Drugs Be Legalised?
A Blurry Line: Copyright Infringement and Willy Moon’s suit
A few nights ago, social media was set ablaze after Natalia Kills (no idea who she is) passionately affirmed her unwavering support for “creative integrity and intellectual property” as a judge on the X Factor NZ. The Jessie J tribute act berated and accused contestant, Joe Irvine, of copying the dress sense and style of … Continue reading A Blurry Line: Copyright Infringement and Willy Moon’s suit
The UK Treasury is set to investigate allegations that the Swiss arm of HSBC helped around 130,000 clients evade tax. Whistleblower Mr Falciani – not Falcao, because he can’t seem to get anything right at the moment – claims that the UK government should have known about the scandal as early as 2010. Her Majesty’s … Continue reading Scandalous!
Stop Snooping Around
Hello, is it me you’re looking for? Sorry, Lionel Ritchie, but it’s not just you. The government is set on looking for everyone – they can see it in your eyes, they can see it in your computer. In the wake of recent terrorist events seen in Paris and the increased emergence of ISIS, Prime … Continue reading Stop Snooping Around
Clooney Champions Armenian Cause
Ever since news of her Hollywood relationship entered the public arena, Amal Clooney has been the talk of the town. On Wednesday 28th January, the British barrister-turned-celebrity laid her case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against a Turkish politician who denied the Armenian genocide. Between 1915-1917, Turkey’s Ottoman rulers massacred 1.5 million … Continue reading Clooney Champions Armenian Cause