Paradise Papers and Lord Ashcroft: A fault of the system or a result of it?

Paradise Papers and Lord Ashcroft: A fault of the system or a result of it?

The Paradise Papers have shown that the elites aren’t contributing their fair share to society by avoiding taxation through different (legal and illegal) mechanisms. The UK government has failed once again to tackle this important problem. In a time in which whilst cuts and austerity hit harder the most vulnerable in our societies, we need to ask ourselves: why?

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House of Lords reform: A piecemeal solution to a seismic issue is not good enough

House of Lords reform: A piecemeal solution to a seismic issue is not good enough

The Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House of Lords recently published a report on its findings and recommendations. While the report proposes long-needed reforms and is a step in the right direction, it only offers a piecemeal approach to reforming the second chamber rather than offering the radical, wholesale solutions we need to make the chamber fit for a twenty-first-century democracy.

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Catalonian independence: how did they get there? (part two)

Catalonian independence: how did they get there? (part two)

On the 10th October Catalonia’s President, Carles Puigdemont, declared independence for the region, only to suspend it seconds later in order to negotiate with the Spanish government. This is part one of a two part blog series exploring what is going on with the process of independence in Catalonia.

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