Patrick Harrington

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More of the same in the Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the final year of our ConDem Coalition government. This week we heard those plans. Both parties in the Coalition are simply mouthpieces for big business. It is no surprise then that the big business agenda continues to be followed. Under the ConDem coalition the vast bulk … Continue reading

Heat or Eat?

Four of the UK’s so-called ‘big six’ energy suppliers have recently announced plans to put up their prices. SSE, British Gas, Npower and Scottish Power are hiking their domestic charges by as much as 10 per cent from the middle of next month. The ConDem coalition doesn’t seem to care about old people facing a … Continue reading

Support for calls to mutualise the BBC

Licence-fee payers should be handed a stake in the BBC by becoming its shareholders, Tessa Jowell has proposed. The former secretary of state for culture, media and sports called for the BBC to be transformed into a publicly owned mutual in order to ensure more accountability and responsiveness. The mutualisation of the BBC was one … Continue reading

Don’t be beastly to the bankers!

Check out the splash in today’s Sunday Times: “The boss of Royal Bank of Scotland will be handed a £780,000 bonus just weeks after the bailed-out lender was fined £390m for its role in the global interest rate rigging scandal. “… The bonanza comes at a sensitive time for the Edinburgh-based lender, which was rescued … Continue reading

Licence to Lie: the Sunday World and Patrick Harrington

The following article is reproduced to highlight a problem that can result from self-regulation, in this case self-regulation of the Press. The case illustrates how self-regulation can result in a failure to act against those who breach professional and moral standards. It seems that rumour and gossip have become substitutes for fact and the Press … Continue reading

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