Monthly Archives: July 2012

The government’s defence plans depend on employer goodwill

Nothing, it seems, will be immune from the peaking of the state. Even the armed forces, the state’s original raison d’être, will be scaled back. By 2020, the government aims to have reduced the size of the army by 20 … Continue reading

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How the outlaw bikers went global

Something a bit different for the weekend. I’ve just finished reading Tony Thompson’s book Outlaws, which tells the story of Britain’s Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. It is, as you would expect, packed with stories of biking, boozing and brawling but it also … Continue reading

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The parliamentary Libor inquiry will be a walkover

We’re having a parliamentary inquiry into the banking scandal rather than a judge-led one. Based on what we’ve seen from previous parliamentary committees, we are unlikely to be much clearer by the end of it. As Mary Riddell put it: … Continue reading

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Why the government is fighting the cross-ban case

A question from David Davis to Kenneth Clarke yesterday: On 4 September, the European Court of Human Rights will hear the case of Nadia Eweida v. the United Kingdom Government. I understand that the Government are resisting the case. Miss Eweida is the lady who effectively lost … Continue reading

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What will it take to change the City culture?

Bob Diamond provided a very visible focus for the anger against bankers that has been building up over the past five years. His resignation from Barclays is unlikely to change much, though, because the abuses which took place at his bank are … Continue reading

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