This was the statement that was met by cheers, applause and approval from a sea of people propping up ‘VOTE CONSERVATIVE’ signs. It was delivered unfalteringly of course, an important part of responding to a series of terrorist attacks that had claimed lives and shaken a nation. Theresa May’s words however went one step beyond reassurance. She did not create a narrative explaining why British-born citizens were pandering to extremist views. She did not explain why the Westminster Bridge, Manchester, London Bridge, Borough Market and Finsbury Park attackers fell through the cracks of her Prevent duty. In other words, she did not look back and evaluate her current policy. She did not attempt to see beyond ‘ideology’ as the undercurrent of these attacks. Instead, she told us that laws were dispensable. Continue reading
In Hobbes’ Leviathan, three principal causes of violence were identified: competition, diffidence and glory. The logic of the Leviathan is that a monopoly of violence by the nation state reduces the incentive to be violent. As Steven Pinker famously argues in A Better Angels of Our Nature, this was one of the five historical forces that led to the decline of violence over the centuries. Even if we accept that homicide rates, cruel and unusual punishments and superstitious killings are lower than before, we struggle to fit this narrative around acid attacks. Continue reading
The future’s bright…the future’s ‘fintech’. This phrase is radically changing the way we do business in the 21st century. The traditional model of going to a bank for financial services is being replaced by a new breed of third party financial service providers that aim to disrupt the status quo and radically change the way we pay for goods and services.
This article concerns the major parties of the United Kingdom and their visions for the nation. It will focus primarily on manifesto pledges and on the party leaders. It is not meant to persuade you to vote for any particular party; it attempts to provide you with information and analysis on legal and educational issues, so that you, yourself, can formulate a conclusion.
Donald Trump has been all over headlines since the moment he began holding the office of POTUS (and before that even). There has been concern that President Trump could really implement some of the more controversial policies he professed during his campaign. Looking towards his executive orders, that concern seems justified, but just how bad can President Trump be? He does seem to be spearheading a challenge against abstract rights, but does he have the legal right to implement such policies? Even if he does, would a President Trump be practically/politically be able to implement some of his more controversial policies?
For some of us a birthday can be a reminder of another year passed and our career goals yet to be achieved. The subject of age can also be a sensitive topic in the workplace and in everyday life. I have sometimes found when going to open evenings at law firms or researching into law firms that there is a slight preference for younger graduates as trainees who will be easier to mould into the image of the firm. I should say this is not indicative of all law firms and many recognise the contribution and experience that older trainees can bring. Continue reading
The regime for the disclosure of criminal records in England and Wales is currently known as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. It is submitted that this regime, has not, and does not go far enough to protect the rights of individuals: it is not fit for purpose.