Category Archives: World Affairs

Published on
4 May 2012

Shareholder Action: A Positive Development?

The annual meeting of Barclay’s Bank shareholders held last week, drew comment in the press. There was concern and dissatisfaction over executive remuneration. This follows similar expressions of concern by shareholders at Credit Suisse. A majority of shareholders of the insurance company Aviva, moreover, have voted against a remuneration report for senior executives. In all […]

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26 April 2012

Colonialism and the Rich: Demonstrations of Bigotry and Virtue

Let us consider today matters that have received much press coverage recently, coverage manifesting a dearth of virtue among senior figures in media and government. While politicians are universally acknowledged to be only human, those with positions of great influence should be expected to act virtuously and to set an example to ordinary individuals.   […]

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Published on
17 February 2012

Reframing the Economic Debate: Personal Responsibility and the American Homeless

At present it is hard to feel anything other than gloom about economic news. Unemployment fugures are high and firms struggle to access much-needed finance. The current global orthodoxy for governments is that of ‘necessary cuts’. Deepening ‘doom and gloom’ the credit rating agency Moody’s has this week noted a negative outlook for the UK […]

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Published on
7 December 2011

Trade Unions and Business Corporations: Reaching for the Common Good

Both the newspapers and the televised media constantly remind us of our current economic difficulties. The revenues and profit-margins of firms large and small are shrinking. Many shops and factories are reducing workforces, and some are closing-down altogether with larger-scale job losses. It is therefore refreshing to read that workers at the Caparo Merchant Bar […]

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Published on
31 October 2011

Democracy, The Good and OccupyLSX

From a Guest Blogger: And so we enter another week of the ‘OccupyLSX’ protest outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Once again the protest is in the headlines as not only Dr. Giles Fraser but also the Dean Graeme Knowles have resigned their posts. Meanwhile ‘evil’ capitalists are still beavering away just as ‘feckless’ protestors […]

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Published on
27 October 2011

Common Cause on the European Union’s Flaws

The parliamentary debate which occurred on Monday, upon a non-binding motion proposing that a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU be held, has been widely portrayed as a debate internal to the Conservative party, with its leadership and frontbench squaring up to those on the backbenches. More specifically, the issue has been portrayed […]

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Published on
16 September 2011

The European Crisis-Management Project

From a guest blogger: Since its inception one of the principle reasons regularly served up for ever more integration in the European Union (as now is) has been, in the wake of two World Wars, to prevent armed conflict by making war ever more unattractive and impossible to conceive. As integration progressed, it was decided […]

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