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Thursday, 2 October, 2014 - 18:00

The Prime Minister has confirmed that future majority Conservative government would repeal the Human Rights act and replace it with a yet undefined “British Bill of Rights”. 

In his speech to the Conservative party conference he said "This country will have a new British bill of rights to be passed in our parliament rooted in our values. And as for Labour’s Human Rights Act? We will scrap it, once and for all.”

Further details were released on

Net Neutrality



CIA Torture report

If the history of this century has been about anything so far, then it is the bargain of national security. A constant state of war carried out on a need-to-know basis.

Our governments of various political hues, the NSA, CIA, GCHQ, have constantly asked for, even demanded, our trust. We're keeping you safer, trust us. We're acting within the law, trust us. We need the powers we ask for (and many more you don't know about), trust us. 

Sunday, 14 December, 2014 - 15:45

#Vatmoss #Vatmess - Why politicians need to understand digital businesses

Mark Chapman's picture

So on the 1st January next year one of the less well thought through set of EU rules comes into being. The VAT rules on digital products and services are changing such that VAT is applied based on where the purchaser of a digital product or service is based rather than where the supplier is based.

Research funding: the Christmas countdown

George Walkden's picture

It’s that time of year again: on Sunday 21st December, the winner of the annual scuffle to be Christmas Number One will be announced. The inclusion of streaming in this year’s charts is likely to shake up the system, as older tracks are likely to get more of a shot: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” may make an improbable return to the top, alongside more recent releases by Band Aid 30 and whoever the X Factor winner ends up being. And then of course there’s Iron Maiden; and the whole thing will be accompanied by profound reflection on the pointlessness of it all, and on how it’s not nearly as important as it was ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago.

But three days earlier, on 18th December, academics like me will be hunkering down in their ivory towers and turning up the wireless to hear a different Top 40: the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. REF is the scheme that the main UK higher education funding body, HEFCE, uses to determine where its research funding goes. The idea, of course, is to allocate more money to those institutions that are doing the best research. That raises an old, and difficult, question: how do we measure research quality?

Local Debates not Leaders' Debates

Loz Kaye's picture

Anyone would think we are going to elect a president next year. Politicos, the media and the Twittersphere have been obsessing about the format of the Leaders' debates in the run up to the General Election.

What this has really been about is the largest forces in UK politics, from the Tories to the Greens promoting their own self interest rather than really doing what would reinvigorate creaking British democracy.


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