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Thursday 27th February 2014

Should 'life' mean life?

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Last week the Court of Appeal decided that the 'life' sentences of two murderers really will mean 'life' in prison, exceptional circumstances aside.
Date:
Thursday 27th February 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 16th May 2013
Thursday 17th November 2011

Berlusconi: Has he really gone?

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For many years now, opposition to Berlusconi's government in Italy has focused on the man himself, as a symbol of the rotten heart of Italy: the court cases, his alleged links with the mafia, ad personam legislation, sex scandals, conflicts of interest, and the slide into superficial TV culture promoted by Berlusconi's three TV stations.
Date:
Thursday 17th November 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
Friday 21st October 2011

Lobbying – a necessary part of politics

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Lobbying is once again a dirty word. The case of Liam Fox and Adam Werritty has led to bigger questions being asked about the accountability and transparency of British public life, more so than at any time since the expenses scandal of 2009. Yet lobbying is an inevitable, longstanding and relatively harmless part of politics. Notwithstanding the drama of defence policy and Cabinet resignations, its significance can also be grossly exaggerated.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
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