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Paterson, corruption and a dearth of parliamentary decency

What do you get when you cross entitled, greedy men with positions of power? Our parliament, apparently. Who would have guessed? As a British citizen whose rights and interests are represented in Parliament, I am appalled by Owen Paterson’s conduct. It undermines the democratic system, and – as phrased by the report into his actions […]

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Britain’s chumocracy: an affront on democracy

The NHS Test and Trace System, run by Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, is an abhorrent failure. If we had a functioning system it might be that Covid-19, which has now caused over 100,000 deaths in the UK, could have caused less sorrow. So, given this miscarriage, who do we look to blame? Cronyism is […]

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Art Culture

Virtue or Vanity? The ‘villains’ funding big culture

An interest in the arts and similar forms of ‘prestige’ culture has consistently conferred an image of civic awareness and social empathy upon its advocates. It also suggests an inherent ‘good will’ – to care for culture is to care for the preservation of humanity’s most prized social totems. It logically follows, then, that big […]

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Editorial

Scandals in Fifa: the World’s most laughably corrupt institution

With fresh allegations and damning stories breaking every day, it seems we are still only scratching the surface of Federation Internationale de Football Association’s (Fifa) farcical story of corruption and deceit. Simply clouding football’s governing body even more, President Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke and UEFA Chief Michel Platini have all been suspended for […]

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Sport

FIFA’s Farcical Actions Continue to Tarnish the Sport’s Reputation

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), football’s world governing body, was again racked by scandal this week when it was announced that Michael Garcia, an independent ethics investigator, had resigned in protest over the handling of a report into alleged corruption.   The report in question looked into the bidding process for the 2018 […]

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FIFA investigation highlights organisation’s flaws

Dictators fear laughter over guns. Unlike dissent, which can be eradicated by suppression, laughter saps the power of tyrants by removing their legitimacy and deeming them no longer figures of authority. As President of FIFA Sepp Blatter has become ridiculous, however nobody should be laughing at FIFA’s plight. Because he seems to be impossible to […]