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Thursday 2nd October 2014

Britain's first air strikes in Iraq – is there a strategy?

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On 26 September, British parliament approved the Cameron government's request for authority to carry out air strikes inside Iraq on the Islamic State terror group. Four days later, two Tornado jets on an 'armed surveillance' mission dropped the first bombs, hitting a jihadist heavy-weapon position and an armed pick-up truck.
Date:
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 25th September 2014

Revelation of Tesco accounting error may have done new board a favour

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There is a long history of companies misstating their financial position and performance, and on Monday Tesco plc became the latest with its announcement that it had overstated its half-year profit forecast by £250 million. This revelation, arising from information provided by an internal whistle-blower, resulted in an 11 per cent reduction in the supermarket giant's share price, putting the share value at an 11-year low. How can an error this large have occurred?
Date:
Thursday 25th September 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 18th September 2014

Things will never be the same again: reflections on the Scottish referendum

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Whatever the outcome of today's referendum of 3.5 million voters in Scotland, Friday 19 September 2014 will be an epoch-making day in the politics of these islands. For once, the hyperbole is justified.
Date:
Thursday 18th September 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 31st July 2014

We want our political leaders to display good character - but what does it mean?

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With just ten months to go before the next General Election, Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his vision for government last week in a speech that named 'decency and empathy' as two of the defining principles of leadership:
Date:
Thursday 31st July 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
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