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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What one MP’s side job tells us about the failings of the UK’s lobbying register

What one MP’s side job tells us about the failings of the UK’s lobbying register

This week Barry Sheerman became the first sitting MP to sign up to UK’s the statutory lobbying register, as the result of his role as the Chairman of Policy Connect. The idea that MPs can run organisations that undertake lobbying activity sits uncomfortably, and serious questions must be asked about what this says about the state of lobbying regulation in the UK.

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Political parties are in the deep pockets of the dodgy donors that funded the election

Political parties are in the deep pockets of the dodgy donors that funded the election

Bankers, residents of the Bahamas, real estate moguls, and big oil executives. If you think this sounds like a list of those making up the global elite, then you’d be right. It’s also a list of some of the individuals and private companies that dug into their deep pockets to fund political parties’ activities during the general election campaign.

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The CPS decision doesn’t prove the Tories ‘did nothing wrong’, it proves our electoral law is broken

The CPS decision doesn’t prove the Tories ‘did nothing wrong’, it proves our electoral law is broken

Last week, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it would not be pressing charges against the candidates or agents investigated in connection with the 2015 election expenses scandal.  Contrary to Theresa May’s assertion that this proves that her party ‘did nothing wrong’ it more aptly demonstrates how urgently our electoral laws need reform.

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